Seventeen Magazine and the Body Peace Project
Instead, there are articles about the beauty secrets of stars, clear skin, mini makeovers, the cutest flats, make overs for making men hotter, dancing your way to a better body, eating your heart out, the real reason guys act so obnoxious, and dating drama. If the "good stuff" is in there - I will never know, because I cannot buy the issue now. I am back to disappointed!
When I searched the search function I did find a page on the web site that does include the Body Peace Pledge, which has some redeeming qualities. People can sign the pledge to:
- Remember that the sun will still rise tomorrow even if I had one too many slices of pizza or an extra scoop of ice cream tonight.
- Never blame my body for the bad day I'm having.
- Stop joining in when my friends compare and trash their own bodies.
- Never allow a dirty look from someone else to influence how I feel about my appearance.
- Quit judging a person solely by how his or her body looks - even if it seems harmless—because I'd never want anyone to do that to me.
- Notice all the amazing things my body is doing for me every moment I walk, talk, think, breathe...
- Quiet that negative little voice in my head when it starts to say mean things about my body that I'd never tolerate anyone else saying about me.
- Remind myself that what you see isn't always what you get on TV and in ads—it takes a lot of airbrushing, dieting, money, and work to look like that.
- Remember that even the girl who I'd swap bodies with in a minute has something about her looks that she hates.
- Respect my body by feeding it well, working up a sweat when it needs it, and knowing when to give it a break.
- Realize that the mirror can reflect only what's on the surface of me, not who I am inside.
- Know that I'm already beautiful just the way I am.
Oh well - back to being responsible for helping my daughters love their (imperfect) bodies, and be conscious and critical of the messages they receive from the media - no help there!
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