Where is the empathy - oh yea, since we are NOT teaching empathy in school we continue to feed into this perception of what is "perfect." Kids are killing themselves because they are not fitting into the "perfect" mold! We perpetuate this terrible cycle and do nothing to stop it! But it can be stopped!
HOW you ask - well we can start by not shaming those who are different but instead praising them from being themselves. Instead of "perfect" models in magazines we need to have REAL models with a variety of body types. We need to accept and embrace actors and singers for their talent not because of the way they look - we need to reassess what is considered the "Sexist Man Alive!" We need to change around the world - I wish America would do this: Proinfirmis Here is a video of a great start!
Here is the link that explains this wonderful video and has the video in it as well in case the above video doesn't show up: Pro Infirmis - Because who is perfect
"Disabled mannequins will be eliciting astonished looks from passers-by on Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse today. Between the perfect mannequins, there will be figures with scoliosis or brittle bone disease modelling the latest fashions. One will have shortened limbs; the other a malformed spine. The campaign has been devised for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Pro Infirmis, an organisation for the disabled. Entitled "Because who is perfect? Get closer.", it is designed to provoke reflection on the acceptance of people with disabilities. Director Alain Gsponer has captured the campaign as a short film."