I learned some startling facts yesterday. For instance:
1. 25% of American women ages 18-34 would rather win America’s Next Top Model than a Nobel Peace Prize.
2. 22% of women would rather lose the ability to read than to lose their figures.
3. 51% of 18-25 year olds said that “becoming famous” was their most important or second most important life goal.
4. 50% of young women would rather get hit by a car than get fat.
5. 33% of women consider their appearance their most important quality—more than their job performance or their intelligence.
6. Most young women spend more time grooming themselves than reading or watching the news.
I’ve been reading Lisa Bloom’s book, Think, like a bee drawn to honey. (You can read about my previous post here). This is exactly the wake-up call that my generation needs. Personally, I find these statistics startling but altogether, quite true. What is it that makes our culture obsessed with the opulent and apathetic about our academics? We need to do something about it.
How can help this generation of young men, and especially young women, care about more than their hair? I think we’re going to be hard-pressed to find genuine happiness if we keep living an unrealistic life based on reality television. And I think the bigger problem is that we were bred into this culture. We were the first generation to be doused with divas—and somewhere along the way, we were taught to admire them. Personally, I’m still sticking with Julie Andrews.
I hope you’d take a Nobel Peace Prize over winning a modeling competition any day. Cover Girl, my a$$. It’s not like you see those girls ever again. But Al Gore, Mahatma Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama—those are the people that still take the runway of the world by storm. Now that’s fierce.
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook