"People say I’m ugly. So … tell me -- am I?"
A young girl stares earnestly, and perhaps a bit awkwardly, into the camera asking the world wide web of YouTube users to comment on her appearance. With 35,000 views and nearly 1,200 comments, her video is just one small piece in what seems to be a growing trend of teen and "tween" (between the ages of 11 and 13) girls taking to the Internet to broadcast concerns about their looks -- and asking strangers to weigh in on these insecurities.The Huffington Post suggests that the solution is to petition YouTube to take these videos down. That might suppress the specific trend, but it won't address the underlying problem of girls' insecurity. We need to have a conversation with middle-school girls about their value as unique human beings, along the lines of the It Gets Better project for LGBT kids.
I consider this a pro-life issue. Every human being has inherent dignity; your worth as a person shouldn't depend on your outward appearance! In addition, this is a pro-life issue because studies show that girls who have low self-esteem are at greater risk for unplanned pregnancies. We need to address self-esteem issues early, before students engage in destructive behaviors like unprotected sexual intercourse.
I've recorded a response video and encourage other pro-lifers (especially women) to do the same. Let's get out there and make a difference!