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Louise Hutchison

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Are woman in mainstream music good role models for young girls?

I am so puzzled why so many young girls seem to think that female pop stars who are plastered on the radio and TV are considered role models in this day in age? I certainly wouldn't look up to them and certainly wouldn't want my children (if I had any) to be following their action.
Although that is just my opinion, do you think that there is any good coming from these so called "role models"



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    Sep 15 2013: Thank for the question! I had a question (clsoed now) that I think is closely related to this question (http://www.ted.com/conversations/18502/should_we_expect_anyone_in_the.html). Most of my thoughts are most likely reflected in this conversation, but I'll give you an abridged version of some of my thoughts. I think that that entertainer in mainstream music should only be looked up to as entertainers, not people or role models. In fact, I don't think anyone should be looked up to as *the* role model. I think—if we should try to model ourselves after anyone (which I don't think we should)— we should sort of make a mosaic of different people that we like different aspects about, and try to do what this frankenstein would do. Essentially, this means just observing what other people say and do, and then picking up what we like and saying/doing that.

    Hopefully this helped and please ask questions regarding to this comment or just other questions!
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      Sep 16 2013: Kai, I seem to remember that you are a high school student. Would you say that the girls at your school actually do consider female musicians and reality stars as role models?

      I ask this because I wonder whether people may under-estimate young girls by assuming such things about them.

      My daughters are in their twenties, but I am fairly certain that if you put portrait photos of Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Snooki, any Kardashian, Beyonce, Taylor Swift or any other contemporary entertainment star into a "line-up" of one hundred photos of women of that age, neither could pick out more than one.

      Thinking back to my youth, I could have picked, say, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Carol King, Diana Ross, and Mama Cass out of a line-up, but there is no way I would have thought to consider them as role models. I am not criticizing any of these women, but the idea of them as role models never occurred to me.
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        Sep 16 2013: Good memory! I'm currently a high school senior.

        I would say most girls at my school wouldn't consider femal entertainers (if you consider reality stars as entertainers) as role models. There is some possible error from generalizing from the females I know at my school however. Most of the girls I know are fairly serious about school and/or education, and I would predict that there would be more girls that see entertainers as role models if they cared about education. (Hopefully that was intelligible.)

        I'd say most "older" people have a fairly bad image of young people in general, as it seems are mishaps and idiots get the attention rather than the 'average' and 'above average' teenagers. But that's is a side note.

        I would say that many girls at my school could identify most of the people in the first line-up you mentioned (and I could pick out about three in your line-up), just because of the large usage of technology and social media by many people at my school.

        When I hear people idolizing entertainers (or really anyone), I never really understand what they mean, since their reasons are usually faily superficial. Thanks for the comment and questions!
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          Sep 16 2013: I don't think most older people have a bad impression of young people. I think older people just worry, particularly when potential causes of worry tend to be sensationalized in popular culture.

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