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Actress Geena Davis, former FCC Commissioner Debi Tate and the Girl Scouts will be in DC tomorrow to promote Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls.  According to Potomac Flacks, members of the commission include Katherine Schwarzenegger (daughter of Gov. Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver), model Emme, NBC Chief Medical Editor Nancy Snyderman and Seventeen Magazine Editor-in-Chief Ann Shoket, among others.

Girl Scouts of the USA played an integral role in pushing the Heathy Media for Youth Act into Congress in hopes of creating more programs and funding to help promote more positive media images for girls and women. 

I am a huge supporter of all of this.  We need to have healthier images out there for our young girls and, let’s face it, for us as adult women AND men.  It does us no good to continue on the path we’re on where we sexualize girls way too young, express that skinny is the only way to beautiful and set up unrealistic expectations for women.  Our media can do better – we just have to make them!

I leave you with this public service announcement – a 2011 Gracie Award Winner.  It’s called “Watch What You Watch.”  The campaign is created in partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA, The Creative Coalition, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and the National Association of Broadcasters.

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Be honest.  How many times have you gathered with your buddies and started some small talk that included celebrity bashing.  Picking up a copy of People magazine and gasping at the “Worst Beach Bodies” and “Guess Who’s Cellulite This Is?” pictures.

You’ve been there, haven’t you?  I’ve certainly caught myself saying or thinking mean things about celebrities. It’s just so much easier – and acceptable – to insult them than it is to insult someone in real life.  Celebrity body bashing – everybody does it, right?

I was reading some articles today about Khloe Kardashian’s interview for Cosmopolitan magazine Middle East (can you believe that magazine is allowed over there?!?)  She is constantly being bashed by the media and by fans for being the, and I quote her not myself, “ugly sister.”  I cannot imagine how difficult that must be for her (especially considering the fact that she is not at all ugly or fat or anything less than gorgeous).  She has obviously developed some incredibly thick skin to be able to deal with that.

 Sometimes we justify our celebrity bashing with, “Well, she’ll never hear me say it” or “I’m not saying it to her face.”  But who’s face are you saying it to?  Your friend’s face who might be dealing with body insecurities herself?  Or maybe a little girl heard you bash one celebrity and praise another for body perfection.  Now that little girl has the idea of “perfection” in her head and that it’s something she needs to achieve to be loved and praised. 

Or maybe it doesn’t affect anyone but you.  Constantly looking at those magazine with the “Hot or Not” columns is like putting your self-esteem on drugs.  You might feel good about it in the moment, but it’s not healthy and it will damage you in the long run.  It brain washes you into thinking that one body type is “bad” and “ugly” and another body type is “beautiful” and “good.” 

Don’t get me wrong.  I love celebrity gossip as much as the next girl.  But there has to come a point where we stop and realize exactly what we’re consuming and how it’s affecting you.  Conscious consumerism.   There are so many healthier ways to entertain ourselves than by body bashing celebs and, indirectly, ourselves.

What do you think about celebrity body bashing?  Do you catch yourself participating?  Have you ever been negatively affecting by someone else’s body bashing?

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