Friday, July 20, 2007

"Let Them be Hermiones"

Oh Potter fans! Yes, tonight is the night that the long awaited seventh book will be released. We know (because it's been written practically everywhere) that J.K. Rowling is worth more than the Queen of England. Many of us admire her for coming so far from her days as a struggling single-mom. I've always liked her clever writing and unique characters. What I never quite realized was that she had such strong opinions about girls. If you visit her website, click on 'extra stuff' and read 'for girls only, probably...' under miscellaneous, you will be in for a treat. While the information is probably nothing new of most of us, it still made me glad to see that someone with so much influence feels this way. I love that she feels this strongly about body image. She talks about how a ridiculously skinny girl "needs help" but instead we stick her on a magazine cover. J.K. Rowling asks "I mean, is 'fat' really the worst thing a human being can be?"
Alright, I know this is supposed to be a story about J.K. Rowling, but I just want to say to all you girls reading this, 'you are not alone'. I am not skinny and I never will be. (In the media's definition). I know a lot of girls out there struggle with bullying and harassment just because you are different. Be strong sisters. Things like that don't matter in the end. Never forget that history remembers the people that made a difference and not the people who had the skinniest waist line. And J.K. Rowling is on your side. She says, "I'm not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain..." And just look at what J.K. Rowling has accomplished using her brain. Yeah, there are hard days. I suppose even models have those. But in the end, girls, be proud of who you are and show them what you can do. "Let my girls be Hermiones," says J.K. Rowling, referring to her daughters, "rather than Pansy Parkinsons. Let them never be Stupid Girls. Rant over."
If you want to share your frustrations about body image or your own personal experiences please send them in. The best thing for girls, is to know they are not alone.
See you all on Monday and have fun reading "Deathly Hallows" this weekend!
Peace, friends.


Anonymous said...

I agree with her, and being a girl IS hard. I don't think it will ever change in my opinion, we'll always get the idea in our mind that women are the more "showy" sex. the best we can do is be ourselves

Anonymous said...

I think society just takes things for granted and worries about silly things, like how skinny a girl is, how big her nose is, hair color, etc. Well, there is nothing wrong with worrying about the way we look in our opinion, but it's not healthy to make it our life. Instead of being proud at our low weight (this is just an example) we should be MORE proud to have sight, to have ears to hear, to be able to walk, etc, and we should also help those who are less fortunate than us.