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7 comments | April 5th, 2012

(submitted by OOC)

"It sucks.  Lots of pressure is put on girls to be pretty in the world's eyes, and still get good grades, and be popular and have an awesome job, and do extra-curricular activities, and spend loads of time with their families at home." 

- Anonymous 12th Grade Girl, "The Supergirl Syndrome"

Feeling pressure to be a Supergirl? 

It sucks at any age. 

Why do you feel it?  What's the hardest part?

7 comments

  • Allison

    Posted on January 24, 2011

    I’ve definitely felt this way, probably since I was a teenager. It feels like modern girls are supposed to be everything…and perfectly. We aren’t even allowed to age anymore. It’s insane, and it drives me insane. How are you supposed to enjoy life if every day is spent in pursuit of something impossible to achieve?

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  • OOC

    Posted on January 24, 2011

    Hey, Allison. So here’s our question for you…if it’s impossible, why keep chasing it? Wouldn’t you feel better if you didn’t? Let us know. And thanks for sharing. XO, OOC

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  • Allison

    Posted on January 24, 2011

    Maybe I’ll get there someday, but it’s hard to stop participating in a race everyone else around you is still running, you know?

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  • AshleyR.

    Posted on April 6, 2012

    This sooo reminds me of my niece. She just turned 17, she does cheerleading, vollyball, track, and she’s in band. She’s first chair flutist, gorgeous, fit, and smart to boot. She’s been an all A student since she was a fetus. Some people are just born for it, the rest of us just are good at other things. I’m not the best multi-tasker, and I’m ok with that.

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  • Julia

    Posted on April 6, 2012

    Totally agree, sometimes it feels as if we had to be everything. And time is never enough!! There’s too many things we have to do!
    But I’m not gonna run anymore. Enough! I’m gonna breathe and enjoy every minute, cause this is it. Goodness! I feel better already :) Thanks!!

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  • Marie

    Posted on April 7, 2012

    I find this very difficult, I’m sixteen. Sometimes we’re forced to concentrate on our exams and completing our coursework on date and then we have to deal with trying to feel a sense of belonging. This could be with our friends, our family or in relationships.
    I’ve only been in two relationships and both of them have been over 11 months. I’m still in one of the relationships and I find it very difficult. I feel a sense of inadequacy with my friends and I have a lot of little arguements with my boyfriend. I was cheated on in a long distance relationship after I moved from America back to England and I still find this very hard. SURELY a sixteen year old shouldn’t have to worry and deal with this?
    I’ve had to try and overcome body dysmorphia disorder and it can make me very jealous. I have a form of general anxiety and depression and I cannot trust anyone.
    What you didn’t mention was money. My family is middle class where I live but I feel guilty asking them for money to go out and now I tend to avoid social situations.
    Does anyone have any thoughts?!

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    • Jules

      Posted on April 8, 2012

      Being 16 is hard. Sometimes I think the best advice anyone can give someone your age is don’t take any of it as seriously as it feels. Enjoy the good bits and know you’ll get through the rest of it. For the money part if your parents can’t afford it you either need to get a job or hang out in homes. Not many options there.

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