Media Detectives – The Image Myth

Our troop has been working through Free Being Me as our self-esteem project this year.  The program is great because it comes with age appropriate curriculum so the same thoughts, ideas and lessons can be taught to all the girls in our multi-level troop, but in ways that are easy to understand depending on the age of the girls.

We have paired our Juniors up with their Cadette sisters, from troop 10065, and the discussions have been truly amazing.

Most recently the girls were “media detectives”.  They were asked to pick a photo out of a magazine, one they felt typified the image myth.  The “myth” being that perfection is attainable and that everyone SHOULD look this way.  Then they were asked to answer a few questions about the photos they chose.  A few really stood out.

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The image myth is fake because…
“Her face looks perfect and the skin is smooth and flawless.  The makeup is perfect and so are the eyelashes.”

It’s not worth trying to look like this Image Myth because…
“I hate makeup, for one, and I know this isn’t me.  I like hunting and school, I don’t want to look perfect.”

WOW!  It is more and more impressive to the leadership of our troop that each and every week we realize just how much these girls GET IT!  Not only are they perceptive about the world around them, but they really truly know who they are and they are very proud to be just that!

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The image myth is fake because…
“It is all fake!  Everything you see in magazines are photo-shopped. Nobody ever will be that perfect, EVER!”

It’s not worth trying to look like this Image Myth because…
“The time and money needed to try to be half way into the Image Myth is ridiculous!  No matter how you try, people will never think you are perfect”.

Not only is this Girl Scout not buying it….she also (if you look closely at her photo) noted, “What have we done to our youth?” AND drew clothing on the drawing implying she felt it was probably a bit over the top.

If you haven’t ever looked into the Free Being Me program, co-sponsored by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS) and Dove, you are missing a golden opportunity to make an amazing impact on the self-esteem and positive body image of young girls.  Go take a look, you won’t regret it!

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