Today was a provincial holiday, which meant that my husband and I were lucky enough to be home all day together. It was great! We spent a wee bit of time watching useless daytime talk shows, mostly to laugh and to mock – but little did I know, this would also provide me an opportunity to be outraged in a mere three minutes of televised chatter.
During a very short segment of a talk show, five women were talking to each other. All of these women are fairly well-known in today’s pop-culture environment. They were talking about ageing and one woman was asked “What advice would you give to an ageing woman who is embarrassed to be naked in front of her partner?” The woman’s answer: “Get laser hair removal”.
I could not believe my ears! Did she really just say that?! And was it honestly, actually labelled as self-confidence advice?
And we WONDER why today’s young women have self-image issues. And we WONDER why society incorrectly portrays beauty in terms of fashion magazines, make-up, and weight loss.
It is because of women like this! Women who are supposed to be strong role models for younger women, who open their mouths and suggest that removing unwanted hair is the path to self-confidence and positive body image.
To me, even granting this moment on television time on my blog is perpetuating the outrage and continuing the madness. However, given the absolutely atrocious advice this woman offered, I feel compelled to offer a bit of my own advice:
- Remember the love you have for your partner and the love they have for you. That is all the self confidence you need.
- Be proud of who you are. Know that you are one of a kind and that makes you beautiful.
- Remember that beauty is so much deeper than hair and skin. Know that the respect your partner has for you makes you beautiful in their eyes, and that beauty will transfer to your own eyes through their kindness and compassion towards you.
Oh. And… don’t watch useless daytime television.
That is my best piece of self-esteem boosting, confidence-inducing advice.