The purpose of this blog is to discuss women and womens' choices. Despite year's of choices and opportunity, I can hardly fathom some of the choices women, in particular young women, make. As mother of two young women who have made excellent choices for themselves, I see the issues they are up against. This blog will be my opportunity to focus on the best choices and show options to young women who think they have to comply to some fashionable or exploitive standard to succeed.
Case in point. Britney Spears. I am not here to bash her. She has done enough of it to herself. However, I wholeheartedly agree with Linda Valdez of the Arizona Republic. Her article in today's newspaper hits the nail on the head. Valdez thanks Britney for her example. Valdez says, "By crashing so completely, you showed the real consequence of buying into the popular-culture image of young women as whores."
The popular sexual sell out of young women can create huge bank accounts, but at what cost? Is money so valuable that any sense of decency must be sacrificed? Are any of these women happy? Britney certainly isn't.
Britney needs to work herself out of this siutation. I doubt she has the intelligence or insight to talk to young women about how artificial her lifestyle is. Maybe in 20 years, will she see it?
My true hope is that young women in middle school, high school and college gain the strength and fortitude to pursue real dreams. Dreams of real jobs pursuing noble goals and raising phenomenal children. That is truly what makes life incredibly successful and gratifying.
Reach for and create a real world for yourself. In the words of David Morrell who I heard yesterday, "Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else." And, to that I add, or a version of what you think someone else wants you to be.