Stop using the word ‘Ugly’
The word ‘Ugly’ is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as ‘unpleasant or repulsive, especially in appearance.’ Does this agree with you? Children are brought up with fairytales saying if you’re not pretty then you don’t have much going for you. Stories like the Ugly Duckling or Prince Charming; he got by solely on his looks. Have you ever thought if Sleeping Beauty wasn’t beautiful would Prince Phillip have kissed her? In the movie ‘Shrek’ they depict this by showing a scene where Princess Fiona is in her cursed form, an ogre. And wouldn’t you know it; the Prince gets scared and leaves her there. It can be because she was an ogre and was scary looking, but the Prince mentions the word ‘ugly’ and runs off.
Not just us but our kids are bombarded with images in the media and just about everywhere else on how they ought to look, magazines showing pictures of thin, flawless models and actors. Most of these images are photo shopped. But the message has already been sent and received. There are celebrities who try to fight this and send a positive message to their young fans. Pink’s F***** Perfect and Christina Aguilera’s song ‘Beautiful’ are all about having a positive body image and that you’re perfect and beautiful just the way you are.
Why concentrate on the colour of one’s skin tone
Closer to home, there is so much importance on skin tone and the lightness of skin colour. Did you know we’re the only country that have fair creams? Look at the ads, countless of them for fair creams. Why should a person have to have fair or light skin in order to be seen as pretty? The word ‘ugly’ should be taken off the dictionary and cease to be used. To read more on the impact this word has on children click here http://bit.ly/1EogLuC
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