While listening to Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts”, it reminded me of a phrase that I often hear people say to young girls.
Don’t speak. Just stand there and be pretty.
People are teaching children that whatever’s in their head is irrelevant. Your role is to just be aesthetically pleasing.
I so badly want to believe that people are unknowingly doing this, but I know better. For many, it’s intentionally done. They don’t understand that their telling these children that their self-worth doesn’t matter.
Be silently beautiful.
Nobody wants a woman/man who challenges them.
Know your role and don’t stray from it.
I call this the Mannequin Mentality. It’s a disgusting thought process that negatively impacts the psyches of those affected. These children are reduced to being literally “pretty stupid”. There’s nothing empowering about that whatsobloodyever. Those impressionable boys and girls grow up to be adults who make poor decisions based on lack of self worth.
Consider all of the messages we're subjected to. Thin is in. Curves are acceptable but extra pounds? Unacceptable.
Society will have you believing that if you don't attain this expected type, you're not acceptable. You won't be happy. You won't find love. You won't experience success.
I hope "Pretty Hurts" sparks conversations about self worth and society's (delusional) beliefs of what beauty is. Watch the video here and pay special attention to the lyrics.
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