Facebook: making life suck a little more for teenage girls

This is a really interesting article. More of these are needed. Check out the full article here.

Here is a snippet from it:

“Girls are working this out every day on Facebook. When they collectively post and comment, I think they are grappling with these issues in the way they can best. They acknowledge the reality of the situation that thin and pretty are important (sexy is really good, too), while trying to be supportive and complimentary, to offset the negative consequences of being held to this ridiculous and fetishized ideal of contemporary female beauty

*Eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression are the most common mental health problems in girls.
*59 percent of 5-12th grade girls in one survey were dissatisfied with their body shape.
*20-40 percent of girls begin dieting at age 10.
*By 15, girls are twice as likely to become depressed than boys.
*Among 5-12th graders, 47 percent said they wanted to lose weight because of magazine pictures.
*Health risks accompany girls’ drop in self-esteem due to risky eating habits, depression,and unwanted pregnancy.
*Girls aged 10 and 12 (tweens) are confronted with “teen” issues such as dating and sex, at increasingly *earlier ages. 73 percent of 8-12 year-olds dress like teens and talk like teens.”

Pink Sari gang

If you haven’t heard of them, please familiarize your self with the Pink Sari gang.

Absolutely incredible.

A straight copy+paste via wikipedia

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Gulabi gang
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Gulabi gang (from Hindi gulabi, “pink”, transln. “pink gang”) is a group of women vigilantes and activists originally from Banda in Bundelkhand district, Uttar Pradesh, India,[1] but reported to be active across North India as of 2010.[2] It is named after the pink saris worn by its members.
The gang was founded in 2006 by Sampat Pal Devi, a mother of five and former government health worker (and a former child bride), as a response to widespread domestic abuse and other violence against women.[3] Gulabis visit abusive husbands and beat them up with laathis (bamboo sticks) unless they stop abusing their wives.[1] In 2008, they stormed an electricity office in Banda district and forced officials to turn back the power they had cut in order to extract bribes.[4] They have also stopped child marriages and protested dowry and female illiteracy.[2]

The group, which the Indian media portray positively, was reported to have 20,000 members as of 2008, as well as a chapter in Paris, France.[1]

A movie called “Pink Saris” has been made about them, directed by Kim Longinotto and premiering at the Toronto Film Festival in 2010 [5].

In January 2011, the gulabi gang helped a girl who had been raped by Purushottam Naresh, the local MLA from the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party. When the girl went to file rape charges, she was arrested under trumped up charges[6]. The girl’s father approached the Gulabi Gang for help[7]; eventually the MLA was arrested[8].”

To learn at the feet of these women…