Let me tell you why I love Dove...
Dove has a campaign going on called the "Campaign For Real Beauty"! Dove is attempting to help young girls realize that they are all beautiful and that real beauty comes from within. Unfortunately young girls in today's society are bombarded with unrealistic and often times unobtainable media images as the standard for beauty. Our young daughters, sisters and neighbors are being told by the media, the television and movies that in order to be beautiful they have to look a certain way. The media is pushing a standard of carbon copies that all look the same, have to be a certain height, a certain weight, have a certain hair texture and in some cases be a certain color.
Instead of having fun, going to school and hanging out with friends young girls are being consumed with worry about how they look. They are thinking about dieting and cosmetic enhancements at young ages. They are also thinking about all the things that are wrong with their bodies.
The media is brainwashing our girls into thinking that if the do not look like the Victoria Secret girls on television or the scantily clad models in magazines then something must be wrong with them. The media has convinced our daughter that they are not beautiful enough.
Dove is trying to dispel the negative images that our young girls have developed about themselves by giving them the necessary tools to improve their self image and self esteem. Dove has information that can be downloaded from the website to use when talking to girls about their bodies. Dove also has a couple of very interesting videos that can be viewed to help us understand what our girls are being confronted with via the media. I think people would really be surprised to find out actually how many young girls have low self-esteem, low self-worth and insecurities about their bodies. Our young girls need to know that they are beautiful. As parents we need to do a better job of letting our daughters know that they are beautiful, we need to do a better job of building up their self-esteem BUT most importantly WE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF LOVING OUR DAUGHTERS!!
"This fall Dove launched the "Thank you for Making a Difference" program to thank supporters for building girl's self esteem and to invite everyone to share their stories about making a difference in self esteem.So, in the comment section could you please share your stories and comments about self-esteem in hopes of inspiring, motivating or educating others!
We would love for you and your readers to share their stories around self esteem to help inspire others. Furthermore, as a "Thank You for Making a Difference", Dove will donate $1,000 to a national charity that supports self-esteem around the Holidays, on behalf of all our self esteem supporters including you."
And lastly, I don't want to forget to share with you this information:
YOU can support the Dove Self-Esteem Fund simply by entering your Dove UPC here http://www.dove.us/#/cfrb/
I will be receiving a few "True You! Workbooks" (mother-daughter guides) from Dove that I plan to give away, so stay tuned and don't forget to leave your story/comment!
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