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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Role Models

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What kinds of role models do we want for our daughters?  I can only truly speak of this from the aspect of having daughters since I have no sons but it probably holds true for sons as well. 

For our daughters does it matter what kinds of role models they see?  I ask because of something I saw in a movie and then again on the 'news'.  It was said that it didn't matter what the strong female role model did or how she paraded about half-naked as long as she was a strong female role model.

Really?  It really doesn't matter that this person that our daughters look up to is gyrating in ways that should be preserved for the bedroom and is exposing her body to the point of pornography?  That doesn't matter?  What about what they are saying?  Is what they are saying uplifting and virtuous? 

Doubtful.  But we still allow our daughters to watch them and view them as something to strive for.  Even if you don't think you are encouraging your daughters to view them as role models, they are.  All young people will put 'stars' that are in the limelight up on a pedestal.  It's just the way kids are.  It's the way we all are.  We all do it but as adults we are able to separate the person from what they do a little better than kids are.

I disagree whole-heartedly with the statement that it doesn't matter what the strong female role model says or does so long as she is a strong role model.  It matters.  It matters greatly.  I do not want my daughters watching a woman on stage that doesn't have the self-worth to cover herself up or respect herself enough to act like a lady.  I don't want my daughters to look up to women that are marching to the feminism drum beat either.  I don't want my daughters dressing the way the 'stars' dress.  Displaying their bodies for everyone to see.  That is not a Godly way to dress.  And it is not a way that I want my daughters using as a role model.  Modesty is a practice that needs to be modeled more often in our society and in our churches. 

So, does it really not matter what the strong female role model does so long as she is female and doing something 'great'?  I know what I think, but what do you think?

1 comment:

Pebblekeeper ~ Angie said...

I don't think it matters how strong or stubborn you perceive the woman to be - if she is not doing something that you want your child to duplicate - then it is wrong. Winning a popularity contest based on outward appearance that lands you on a TV show or as a singer - is not really being strong. Standing up for your vlues in this world. That is strength. Doing it at a young age - is Hope. I have the same issues with my boys. All of the TV ead roles are only interested in the Girl. Wil the girl like them. They drop all hobbies and interests for the girl. If a husband drops all of his interest for a girl - he won't be abe to provide for them. Or won't enjoy providing for them. I want to see characters in the movies, tv, and media that have followed their dream in more areas than just acting and singing.