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thechicagotribune:

My daughter is 8. She has not yet turned a scornful eye toward her own thighs, but I don’t doubt that day will soon arrive. She already meticulously measures her body against the other girls in her weekly gymnastics class, where leotards are the great equalizer.
I’m considering a pre-emptive strike. I hate to introduce a new body obsession, but I hate more the idea of someone else introducing (and legitimizing) it in her impressionable young mind before I get out ahead of it.
From Heidi Stevens’ new column

thechicagotribune:

My daughter is 8. She has not yet turned a scornful eye toward her own thighs, but I don’t doubt that day will soon arrive. She already meticulously measures her body against the other girls in her weekly gymnastics class, where leotards are the great equalizer.

I’m considering a pre-emptive strike. I hate to introduce a new body obsession, but I hate more the idea of someone else introducing (and legitimizing) it in her impressionable young mind before I get out ahead of it.

From Heidi Stevens’ new column