A good way to dip your toes in the water is to boot up whatLinux fans call a , a distribution that runs entirely off a CD or USB stickwithout having to modify your hard disk. This may be slow, becauseCDs are slow, but it's a way to get a look at the possibilitieswithout having to do anything drastic.
As an American and native English-speaker myself, I havepreviously been reluctant to suggest this, lest it be taken as a sortof cultural imperialism. But several native speakers of otherlanguages have urged me to point out that English is the workinglanguage of the hacker culture and the Internet, and that you will need to know it to function in the hacker community.
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As great as the message that you’re sending is, I think it is also important to let children-not just girls-know how pretty/handsome they are, because even with brains being valued over beauty, one day they’ll be around their peers that value beauty over brains and they will start to compare themselves to others, just like their peers, on the same societal images of beauty, just like their peers. So yes, we should make sure to engage them in conversations about more important things than looks, but we should also not completely disregard the idea of complimenting them on their looks either.
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Why can you not do both? Be ecstatic over her cuteness and then engage her intellectually? Why is it one or the other?
Here’s to changing the world, one little girl at a time.
So yes, I tell my daughter she is pretty. I tell her she is beautiful when she is dressed up and I tell her she is beautiful when she is covered in mud. Her beauty is something that is part of her, not her clothing. And yes, I admire my son’s appearance as well. Because he is also a cute kid, and because boys develop body dysmorphia too.
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I agree with the direction of the article, but telling someone they look pretty is hardly the reason for people’s over-infatuation with it. I’d say its when people tell you how you should look that develops the problems, not when you tell someone they actually ARE pretty….
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But it would have been so wonderful if either of my parents had ever told me I was pretty. I am extremely pretty when I look at myself in the old photographs, and other people told me so, but my parent — never.
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I agree that the beauty industry is ridiculous. I agree that the wrong emphasis is placed on children at too young of an age… But my goodness people, give them a fighting chance!!