New resource for talking with girls about self-image

Brad M. Griffin | Apr 18, 2013

Only 4 percent of women around the world consider themselves beautiful.

I’m not sure where Dove found this statistic (so I can’t validate it), but it sure is a provocative suggestion.

Based on this reality and their commitment to “create a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety,” Dove created a social experiment to compare women’s own descriptions of their faces with the descriptions given by another person (who had been a stranger until the experiment). Using a forensics sketch artist who never looked at the women he was sketching, the sketches based on self-perception versus others’ perception were then reviewed by the women themselves. The results were fascinating:

What strikes a chord with you from this experiment?

What do you wish girls knew about beauty? How do you help girls develop a healthy sense of beauty and self-worth?

How might you use this video to prompt conversations with girls you know, and with the women whose own self-image influences them?

(See more about the Dove campaign)

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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