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Talking Miley:

Recent controversy surrounding Miley Cyrus is a good discussion opportunity with teen girls, says Women’s Health Victoria.
By Motherpedia
Date: October 09 2013
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Parents of girls are being encouraged to use the Miley Cyrus controversy as an opportunity to discuss what it means to be an empowered young woman.

Ahead of World Mental Health Day tomorrow, Rita Butera the Executive Director of Women’s Health Australia says it’s a good time to address the social pressures facing girls today.

‘We need to analyse the messages in popular culture. If your daughter talks to you about Miley Cyrus, use the opportunity to have a conversation about what it means to be an empowered young woman. Talk to her about the women you admire for their accomplishments.’

‘There needs to be greater public discussion about the social pressures that impact on women’s mental health. We need to be vocal in saying that women’s self-worth should never be tied to their weight, or their makeup, or what they wear (or are not wearing).’

‘We can help to empower women and girls by focusing on their abilities rather than on the way they look. Let’s turn to the women in our lives and compliment them on what they do rather than on their appearance. Tell them how much you appreciate what they have done.’

National data consistently shows that mental health issues affect 20% of Australian women. 

‘We are especially concerned about the high rates of depression, anxiety disorders, self- harm, suicide attempts and eating disorders in women – particularly among young women,’ Ms Butera said.

‘Women and girls are bombarded with messages about how they should look, how they should behave, and are constantly made to feel inadequate. These messages affect all women, but when you are young and still trying to figure out who you are, you can be particularly vulnerable to these pressures,’ said Ms Butera

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