Thursday, June 30, 2011

Talking to Little Girls

I just recently read a blog post by Lisa Bloom, author of Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed Down World that was in the Huffington Post.

I thought that the article brought some interesting points to light about what society perceives as important talking points when talking with young girls and even teens. The fact that there seems to be a trend that points toward an almost narcissistic state of mind that we're training in tomorrow's youth is downright disturbing. It makes me wonder how many American women are unhappy with having to maintain this fa├žade in order to feel as if they're still loved/liked and the worries of having people turn away from them if their projected image begins to crumble.

This has given me something to think about from a librarian's perspective...

I think Bloom gives excellent advice at how to interact with girls - I leave you with her words -

"Try this the next time you meet a little girl. She may be surprised and unsure at first, because few ask her about her mind, but be patient and stick with it. Ask her what she's reading. What does she like and dislike, and why? There are no wrong answers. You're just generating an intelligent conversation that respects her brain. For older girls, ask her about current events issues: pollution, wars, school budgets slashed. What bothers her out there in the world? How would she fix it if she had a magic wand? You may get some intriguing answers. Tell her about your ideas and accomplishments and your favorite books. Model for her what a thinking woman says and does."

Bloom, L. (2011, June 22) How to talk to little girls. [Web log entry] Retrieved from:

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