Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Love Your Fellow Ladies

So- I read a pretty disheartening article today and I feel like I need to make a PSA (!public service announcement!) to all the women out there. "Love your fellow ladies!!" :-).

Here is what happened. And I will refrain from using names. If you read about this, then you know who I am talking about, and if you didn't hear about it or read about it, the specific people are not important. One celebrity called another "a fat (bleep)." Anyways- the celebrity who called the other one fat has publicly made the following statements: "I took more h*ll for being fat than I did for being an absolute raging drug addict. I will never understand that." She also has said, "Some horrible obnoxious teenager screamed out a car window to me, 'You're fat!' I went to my parents bawling. I would rather be called ugly than be called fat!"

Here is someone who has publicly and privately struggled with her body, her feelings about herself, who has even been bullied about her weight. And yet she uses the most hurtful word she has been called to inflict harm on someone else. This is not a vendetta against the name-caller herself, but in fact a call to women- for us to stop bullying each other and picking on one another about appearance, weight, intelligence, etc. Not to sound like a mom right now, but what good comes from that?! What if we spent all that time and energy (regardless of how little or how much time it is) being used to judge, hurt, slander, gossip etc about other girls and instead used that same breath and energy to do something positive? Pay someone a compliment, write someone an encouraging note, say a prayer for someone in need, ... random acts of kindness are so much better than taking shots at other girls! 

Also- think about it like this. As women, we face enough challenges, especially when it comes to redefining beauty. If we can't love our fellow woman, then how do we expect to make a difference, and make changes in our world together? Every time you are tempted to say something mean or bad about another girl, just stop and ask yourself if it is 1)beneficial; 2)nice; 3)helping anyone or making a positive difference. We have nothing to gain by being mean to each other and calling each other names, calling each other fat, calling each other ugly, etc. So ladies, love your fellow ladies!!

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