You’ve probably seen it everywhere – women taking off their clothes in the name of women’s empowerment. Mayim’s seen it everywhere, and she’s starting to get fed up. While sexuality is healthy, and while Mayim is all for opening up society’s concept of what is beautiful, she says in this new vlog, the message that we’re sending to young girls is that it’s still most important to be sexy and desirable. Mayim – and many others – worry that this message may have more of an impact on young girls than we might have expected.
The expansion of the definition of beauty enables women who have felt shame about their bodies not being “model-perfect” empowers women to feel more comfortable in their lives and relationships. But talking about female empowerment while athletes, actors and scientists get naked sends a message that, even if your strengths are cerebral or if you’re powerfully strong physically, above all else it’s important to be sexy.
We have a responsibility to express to young girls that being sexy isn’t the end all and be all of her position as a woman, Mayim says.
“While there’s nothing wrong with beauty or sexiness, getting naked isn’t the only way to feel empowerment…[we need to] inspire young girls and women to take on the world in all of its beautiful complexity.”
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