Over the past few days I’ve been writing a post in my head in regards to the social media foolishness surrounding Gabrielle Douglas’ phenomenal performance at the Olympics and the well-deserved honors bestowed on her.
The Pro Diva over at The Martini Chronicles summed up all I wanted to say and more. I encourage you all to check out her blog post, About Role Models and chime in with your opinions and thoughts.
The real unfortunate thing is that many young women do not, cannot, and will not recognize or identify Gabby as a role model. They’ve been programmed for so long to spot faux role models that the real thing has gotten lost. Case and point: instead of focusing on the monumental accomplishment that Gabby achieved this evening, these “lost ones” chose to focus on her hair, her skin color, and her makeup. ~ The Pro Diva
Having a daughter almost 10 months ago truly changed my perspective on lots of things. Who she’ll look up to pattern her lady-like behaviors and life patterns is something I think about a lot. Yes, I know I will be the main role model and am and will do all I can to live up to the expectations that I’ll have of her. I, also, know realistically there will be other women that shape her views on divatude and womanhood. I’m careful even now about who I let in her world as an influence.
As adults we need to do better. We need to provide better examples for our children. We need to stop being so fascinated with the foolishness of reality television and embrace real life success stories and heroes.