Doing a little research on an article my husband told me about last night (that talked about why the French are thin though they eat more fattening foods - the conclusion: when you are stressed your body turns the calories into fat instead of something more useful), I came across this one in the NYT.
For Girls, It's Be Yourself and Be Perfect, Too
Talking about an affluent high school in suburbia, the author notes that these girls must be straight-A students, athletes, and "effortlessly hot."
"[T]hese girls struggle to navigate the conflicting messages they have been absorbing, if not from their parents then from the culture, since elementary school. The first message: Bring home A’s. Do everything. Get into a top college — which doesn’t have to be in the Ivy League, or one of the other elites like Williams, Tufts or Bowdoin, but should be a “name” school.
The second message: Be yourself. Have fun. Don’t work too hard.
And, for all their accomplishments and ambitions, the amazing girls, as their teachers and classmates call them, are not immune to the third message: While it is now cool to be smart, it is not enough to be smart.
You still have to be pretty, thin and, as one of Esther’s classmates, Kat Jiang, a go-to stage manager for student theater who has a perfect 2400 score on her SATs, wrote in an e-mail message, “It’s out of style to admit it, but it is more important to be hot than smart.”
“Effortlessly hot,” Kat added."----
I found this article after reading one about how some high school principals are working on Stress Reduction Seminars, and integrating classes like yoga into their stressed out student's lives.
I don't have much to say about this besides, wow....I'm glad I'm not in high school anymore. Problem is, I know I still buy into these messages.