We have two girls. To say that we are proud of them would be an understatement. They have matured and exhibit a good bit of individuation but desire to remain fully connected with their families. Kimberly and Tommie get interdependence.
Young ladies in our culture need champions when they mostly experience critics. ‘You’re too . . . .” is the curse of a young girl. The sentence exudes comparisons – and unfair ones. Marty Duren draws attention to the unhealthy ways girls have been/are affected by such unrealistic images seen in the wider culture.
Marty points to one way this shows up in media portrayals – photographs and videos. After watching a couple of videos he includes in his piece it is no wonder he writes,
The finished products are not pictures; they are artists’ renderings. The “models” are no longer models. They are barely caricatures; more like cartoons.
Such moves dehumanize young women. The message is, “You are not quite there yet.” You should go over and check out Marty’s post. Watch the videos, especially if you have daughters at home.
In no way do I want to diminish the point Marty makes. But, I would suggest we do this on many levels that take in a variety of groups or segments of the population. I confess to wanting to read this in light of my vocation as pastor. We set up models that have been just as airbrushed where blemishes have been hidden from the public eye. We then present them on stages and in books as the models to pursue. The same psychoses that develop in young girls befall young pastors and church planters. One more way the Church has more reflected culture rather than create a more healthy vision of what it is to be human, made in the image of God.