By Megan Wordsworth, Guest Blogger
Women today are constantly being told in society that we are supposed to compare ourselves to other women. We are to look for a flaw in another woman just to make ourselves feel a little better about ourselves, or else we feel inferior compared to them.
Whatever happened to loving one another just as they are, and not only that, but loving ourselves too?
The way women are always competing with one another was actually one of the reasons I became intrigued with I AM THAT GIRL. I love that one of the core missions is to bring women together, not have them compete against one another
You might have heard on the news lately a lot of talk about Selena Gomez and her body. The media has been shaming her for what appears to them as weight gain. The harsh criticism has just been heartbreaking to me. I, myself, struggle with body image, but to have other people constantly criticizing me for my body is just something that is outrageous. And instead of standing up for Selena, many women have been judging her and commenting on her personal social media accounts about her weight. It is just disgusting!
Why can’t we as women protect and stand up for one another? She is a beautiful girl with a beautiful soul. It is not a matter of her celebrity; she is a human being just like everyone else in this world. She has heartaches and trials, and to make it worse, hers are always publicized. In my own opinion, I think that Selena looks beautiful, and I love the way she has handled the backlash. Not to mention, I do not think she is overweight or fat; I think she looks beautifully healthy. She is a nice refreshing role model for girls in the media.
I am sure that the hurtful words have caused some pain, though. Words are permanent marks that can cause a lifetime of damage. I think it is the perfect time to practice the principles of I AM THAT GIRL and make a huge impact. I say that we as sisters bond together and love one another. In the end, all anyone wants in this world is to be loved.
I want to conclude by giving you something to work on, and I am going to do it too. Next time you start searching for another woman’s insecurities, look for her beauties, her talents, her humor, and her intelligence. Then, look for yours as well. Instead of comparing them, love them and respect the differences, and be THAT GIRL!
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Megan is a student in the Honors Communication program at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, with the hope of gaining a career in the Entertainment Industry. As Vice-President of the North Carolina chapter of Project Heal, Megan is on a mission to spread positive body awareness. She has also worked as a background actor on the sets of Revenge, One Tree Hill, Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, and Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride. She spends her free time baking delicious gluten free treats and watching reruns of her favorite show, One Tree Hill.