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Seth Matlins: The Self Esteem Act: It's Time to Confront the Bully That Is Our Beauty Culture -
August 22, 2011
nd shapes how we feel, what we think, talk and wonder about. It can wield this power for good and ill, passively or actively. Hollywood can raise and even change our consciousness -- or just mess with it. And these days, like a playground bully, it's messing with it. See, there's an epidemic crisis of confidence affecting girls and women, and an inextricable link between the epidemic and our cultural products, norms and images. The numbers are horrifying: Walk down a crowded middle/high school hallway and over 70% of the girls you'll see don't think they're "good enough" in some way. Remember being 13? Well, 50% of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies. By the time they're 17, 800,000 out of 1 million of them will be unhappy. -
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