I have two daughters, I work in the aesthetics industry and I, like most of us here have witnessed first hand the tragic consequences of a body-obsessed culture. It is no wonder that more and more people are becoming disillusioned with society when you have to walk past a “want longer lasting sex?” billboard on your way to the corner shop.  Getting Real is one of the scariest books I have read in a long time and I neither want to be part of this problem or a victim of this gutter morality.

In a nutshell the book questions the general direction of popular culture especially with respect to our children and young women.  Our girls are playing with badly behaved dolls, watching shows that emphasise girls ‘hotness’ over their intelligence, sportiness or kind natures (or anything else for that matter), listen to songs with down-right disgusting lyrics, walk past billboard such as the one above, sold clothes that would make a pole dancer blush and read celebrity diet tip and cosmetic surgery before-and-after shot magazines.  All this before they reach puberty (which is happening soon enough anyway).

I have so far taken a ‘eyes wide open’ approach when this type of thing crosses our paths as I have been worried that the lure of the forbiden fruit would make these things all the more appealing. I am lucky to be with my kids quite a lot (as I mainly work from home at ungodly hours usually). I hold regular family talk-fests (where I do the listening), answer my kids questions and pose scenario’s to them: “when a girl dresses like that, what do you think it makes other people think of her?”  My kids are only 6 and 8 and I have had to give […]