A lot of fuss has been made recently over using plus size models and athletes in fashion shoots. Some people see this as progress, but as Lindsay and Lexie at Beauty Redefined point out, "As if seeing more and different undressed bodies will reduce this world’s obsession with valuing women as bodies above all else. As if seeing more bodies could ever convince women they are more than bodies."
Popular American magazine, Sports Illustrated, releases a Swimsuit issue each year (which is also their best selling issue each year). These feature barely dressed women who are usually models, not sportswomen. In comparison, their other issues during the year feature men suitably clothed and playing sport. It's time we celebrate women for their sporting achievement, not their bodies.
You can read more at www.beautyredefined.net.
I love the message in this ad - healthy bodies are beautiful, regardless of what shape they are.
17 year old singer/actress Sabrina Carpenter released her album, Revolution late last year. The song, Mirage, is about how everything in Hollywood (the media) is an illusion - it's not real.
As a teenager you should be starting to find your way around the kitchen (regardless of your gender). You can find simple instructions on how to cook soft boiled eggs at www.taste.com.au. All you need is some eggs, some water and a saucepan. They make a delicious and healthy breakfast.
According to a recent study, 10% of women have been forced into some form of sexual activity aged 16 or younger.* It is against the law to have sex with someone without their consent (permission). According to the Respect and Consent fact sheet from the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) you can not give consent if you are:
drunk or under the influence of drugs;
unconscious or asleep;
feel pressured or threatened; or
are under the age of 16 (in WA).
You can find the full fact sheet here.
It's your body and you don't have to have sex if you don't want to. If you have been forced to have sex you can contact SARC on 1800 999 888. Check out their webpage for young people here.
* de Vusser RO, Smith AMA, Rissel CE, Richters J, Grulich AE (2003) Experiences of sexual coercion among a representative sample of Adults. Aust NZ Health.
There are thousands of attacks on teenage girls each year. You might think it will never happen to you but it's better to be safe than sorry. Here are some ways you can stay safe from www.barbiebieberandbeyond.com.
1. Always carry your mobile phone and make sure it is fully charged.
2. Always stay in a group - you might have heard the phrase safety in numbers.
3. Avoid alcohol as it impedes your judgement.
The Thought Ratio website has an interesting article on 12 Things That Mentally Tough People Do Habitually by Michelle Carlyle.
Here are three of them:
* They love learning and will gain new knowledge daily.
* They think positively about themselves and others.
* They are conscious of looking after their physical and nutritional health as well as their mental health.
You can read the full article here.