On Friday, I read a disturbing article in the Mx newspaper.
According to a survey conducted with 600 14 to 24-year-old girls on a website called Bellaboobabe.com, Paris Hilton, Mischa Barton and Kate Moss are among the top role models for women (only beaten by J. K. Rowling and Cathy Freeman).
Imagine that — Paris Hilton. A role model. Somebody, please wake me from this nightmare!!!
So we have a bimbo, an anorexic and an alcoholic who are among the top role models for young girls these days. I can see where the future is heading!!
The article talked about how girls said they didn’t have enough women as role models. Apparently, the website has featured Sarah Murdoch (model), Catriona Rowntree (TV personality) and Elka Graham (swimmer) as some role models for women.
This begs me to ask the question: Why do we only need TV personalities, models or sportspersons as role models???
Whatever happened to promoting women scientists and researchers working towards finding cures for cancer or mental health issues, or even politicians like Julia Gillard and Julie Bishop? Why can’t we teach girls to look around them to find other women to look up to — their mothers or aunts or teachers? Why do we have to focus on looks or medals? Is this what we want adolescent girls to aspire to? To have their 15 minutes of fame without needing to exercise their brain or by just being bitchy? Next thing you know, we will have the likes of Zoo weekly girls being promoted as role models for teenagers! Or Sarah Palin.
What is wrong with the world? Why are the likes of Paris Hilton or the Olsen twins being promoted by the media? The cliche “any publicity is good publicity” has got to stop!
And then we wonder about the rise in mental health problems in adolescent girls or body image problems or self-harm!
Teenagers are at a stage when they soak in anything and everything the media gives them. Most of them are not capable of thinking critically. And the media capitalises on that.
It’s high time a change comes around — promote researchers or entrepreneurs or women helping the society or even intelligent politicians.
Stop the stupidity.