"Daddy, am I fat?" I hear my barely 8 year-old daughter ask her father from upstairs. Rarely before has she noticed or cared what she looked like. I listen closely moving my way to the bottom of the stairs so I don't miss a word. A lump instantly forms in my gut.
It later comes out that a friend of hers commented to a few of them that they were "fat" and had "big tummies".
This is my daughter:
The girl seriously has a six pack. She is an athlete. She is beautiful. She is also not concerned about looks or fashion or body image. She is a tomboy. So, how did this happen? Why did this comment get under her skin? How can we protect our daughters and preserve their power?
And then I saw this:
So, I ask you, what CAN we do? I am going to spend some time really thinking about this too and I promise to get back to you about it. In the meantime, I wrote this post and I will share this trailer and its message to as many as I can.