the media is rotting
hiding gluttony for drama
behind bright make up and sexy dresses
they tell men that 'you can do this'
while giving the girls restrictions
those restrictions are named things like manners
like common sense
like 'don't you want to be pretty?'
like 'you need a man'
or you need to look like this
that you should give up your passion
for a barbie body and a painted on smile
that you should give up a sense of identity for a man
why do we listen to this?
why do we let the rot spread?
it spreads to our daughters,
to our mothers,
to our dreams
maybe it even spreads in the water we drink
why do we let this happen?
teen age girls killing themselves
because its too much, and they wont fit in
girls starving themselves because the need to fit size 2
girls bullying the other girls
because they haven't seen anything else from the media
for fat girls
for tough girls
for out of the norm girls
for girls who don't put on makeup
doing things that they don't need to do
it hurts to think, to know
that little girls who once might have splashed in mud puddles
or wanted to become the worlds greatest doctor
or run the marathon
or climbed kilimanjaro
or had a dream
might now be pressured from the media and their peers
to give that up and wear makeup for some guys
so that some day the girls could have husbands
or stay at home and raise the children
and those same girls, raised by the media,
go into the world knowing that lies and break ups and fashion
and drama is what they have been taught
why are we letting this happen
why do we listen to the media?
because the media is rotting behind the pretty faces and deep neck lined dresses
its promoting subtlely that being dolls is okay
why are we listening?
why wont someone walk out onto the red carpet with a bare face and nice jeans
why wont the girls at school say its okay to have pimples
its okay to be above size seven
to have a dream
to challenge sexist rules and stereotypes
to stop the spread of generational rot?
i want to see that
and i think that some girls out there
crying every night
trying to starve themselves
feeling ugly for not being the same
feeling tired of not fitting in
trying to give up themselves to be pretty
need to see a change
need to have the media tell them that being 'ugly' is beautiful
that they are beautiful
that they dont need makeup to have a pretty smile
but that hasn't happenned
not yet, not fully
but i believe we will get there