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        How to Talk to Little Girls

        by Lisa Bloom

        Teaching girls that their appearance is the first thing you notice tells them that looks are more important than anything. It sets them up for dieting at age 5 and foundation at age 11 and boob jobs at 17 and Botox at 23. As our cultural imperative for girls to be hot 24/7 has become the new normal, American women have become increasingly unhappy. What's missing? A life of meaning, a life of ideas and reading books and being valued for our thoughts and accomplishments.

        That's why I force myself to talk to little girls as follows.

        "Maya," I said, crouching down at her level, looking into her eyes, "very nice to meet you."
        "Nice to meet you too," she said, in that trained, polite, talking-to-adults good girl voice.
        "Hey, what are you reading?" I asked, a twinkle in my eyes. I love books. I'm nuts for them. I let that show.

        Her eyes got bigger, and the practiced, polite facial expression gave way to genuine excitement over this topic. She paused, though, a little shy of me, a stranger.

        "I LOVE books," I said. "Do you?"
        Most kids do.
        "YES," she said. "And I can read them all by myself now!"
        "Wow, amazing!" I said. And it is, for a five-year-old. You go on with your bad self, Maya.

        Read the full article on The Huffington Post…

         

        Resources

         
        Girlology.com
        : A site founded in 2003 by two physicians as a source of honest information about girls' sexual development. The grassroots effort has grown into a national brand that parents trust.

        The Geography of the Gender Pay Gap [Women's earnings by state]: September, 2013 external link.

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