Arnold Williams (notebuyer) wrote,
Arnold Williams
notebuyer

What Children Learn

Girls learn that they have to be thin from their parents.

And they don't learn that it's healthier to be thin: they learn that thinness is a good all by itself and defines whether they are feminine or not.

In other words, they learn at a young age (as little as 5), that they will spend the rest of their lives trying to look like a Barbie doll, and that they are less feminine when they don't. It's this kind of insecurity that teenage boys will have no problem exploiting to get what they are after. Sure, when she's in her late twenties, she will be able to say ruefully, "It seems everyone's first boyfriend is a jerk" -- but she won't realize that she was set up, most notably by the fact that as she was growing up, her mother was on diets all the time.
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