5.4

Pretty is Not Worthy of Everything You Will Be.

Nor should it be. Lets teach our daughters to be pretty intelligent and pretty amazing.

The mainstream culture floods the cultural space with streams of images  of models and celebs perfectly coiffed and polished by a team of professionals.

This narrow and obsessive focus on an unrealistic beauty standard has increasingly  reduced our girls and women to their position in the beauty hierarchy.

In an environment that views a woman’s most valuable asset as her ass and publicly disses female politicians based on their looks, Katie Makkai’s poetry slam is a welcomed relief.

Originally featured at Feminist Fatale.

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her {of her uncaged words} Nov 9, 2013 12:26am

this is stupid.

if she was physically pretty she would not have wasted her time writing and reciting this poem.

and if she was physically pretty and did waste her time writing and reciting this poem, it would not be well received.

i really dislike that people feel the need to put one thing down in order to uplift something else.

Lynn Hasselberger Jul 15, 2011 6:49am

W-O-W!!!

Madeleine Marcicano Jun 5, 2011 1:39am

Wow! This video really made a good point. We go out of our ways to look a certain way and feel a certain way because we are not satisfied or content with ourselves. Other people tell us to go by the media and so we follow it because we are insecure and too afraid to feel joy in ourselves. Girls are raised to learn the "Beauty Myth" which is unrealistic to actually look the way models or magazines make some women look like.

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Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein, M.A., is a writer, speaker and professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Santa Monica College. She is a contributing author in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice and is featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis. She is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body, and co-founder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition.