Pretty Girls – One-Liner Wednesday

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“Pretty girls don’t do that.” ~ the 3 year old was told

An innocent statement perhaps, but does it cause more harm than good? Could statements like this have a negative impact on a child’s future body image and self-esteem?

This post is for One-Liner Wednesday, hosted by LindaGHill.


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12 Responses to Pretty Girls – One-Liner Wednesday

  1. This sentence sounds like something parents told their daughters many years ago and it was scaring and damaging for many girls then.


  2. I have been trying but I can not imagine a situation where this would be appropriate to say to a young girl. It’s just wrong for so many reasons.


  3. aviets says:

    Wow, I would NEVER consider saying that to a little girl. Yuck.


  4. Would never say that ever. Your child does not need to be told how to be a pretty girl, they need to learn many lessons to help them become responsible young adults and being pretty may be an advantage (in some places) but will not sustain them in the big wide world. It sounds so shallow to me.


  5. Yes. I remember sitting with 2 step daughters. And a very thoughtless woman would visit and say to one of the daughters “you’re so pretty” and say nothing to the other. I was very angry. I noticed from that moment on that “pretty” was used in many contexts in regard to one daughter, often in front of the other daughter. Using ‘pretty’ can set up a child in so many ways to cause damage, and not using it for a child can cause other issues.


    • mewhoami says:

      That’s horrible. I cannot imagine how the other girl must have felt, and what effects that must have had on her for years to come. What happens to the ‘pretty’ one when she gets blemishes or flaws, and will the other one ever feel pretty enough? That’s just terrible.


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