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More on the Girls Learn Summit

Posted by Dr. Susan on May 2, 2006

During her acceptance speech at the Girls Learn International Summit, Gloria Steinem talked about how important it is for girls to pay attention not only to the way a message is delivered to them, but also to the actual content within the message. She was talking about girls’/womens’ rights to equal education, but in fact, this is true for weight, body image and media pressure as well. It is very easy to be persuaded by the way a message is packaged (cool graphics, great marketing, a famous actress delivering the message, expensive clothing) BUT you must listen to what is being said (the CONTENT)–rather than being seduced by the delivery (the CONTEXT). Sometimes you have to pay very close attention because the message isn’t obvious. So, if the deliverer of the message (a TV commercial, actress, model, magazine) is believable or seems trustworthy, but tells you information that isn’t healthy or safe, beware! Diets that drastically restrict calories or specific nutrients (e.g. lo-carb, lo-protein) and promise incredible results (to be skinny, rather than healthy)–are an example of this. Don’t fall for it. Becoming educated is your best tool for understanding how to help yourself become healthier and more in control of your body and life. During her acceptance speech, Cindi Leive (the editor of Glamour magazine) told the girls and women in the audience to speak up when they don’t agree with something the media is telling them. She said that magazine editors can only sell ideas that the public is willing to buy–you have the power to shut down ideas that seem wrong. She’s right! so, Speak Up!!!

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