While there were a number of issues raised by Melinda, one of the more important had to do with the challenges of raising young women with a healthy body image. Later in the week, Melinda provided us with this link to a helpful tip-sheet for parents of girls. I commend it to you as a helpful resource. For those who wish to add their voice to the Collective Shout grassroots campaigning movement against the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls in media, advertising and popular culture, you can find more information here. For those parents who may have missed Melinda's presentation, or who may be interested in finding out more, her blog can be found here.
At the Senior Theology and Philosophy Forum last week, I spoke to the Year 11 and 12 students about the Christian understanding of humanity as being created in the image of God and therefore inherently valuable and intrinsically worthy of respect and dignity. This worldview is counter-cultural in many ways; our society tends to value people based on other factors, such as their achievements, wealth, popularity and appearance. It is profoundly liberating to have one's self-worth grounded in this way. I suspect it is also a helpful guard for our children against the societal pressures about which Melinda warned us.