Recently I wrote about Goldieblox, the new engineering toy focussed on girls in America and how I abhor the dunning down of girls and the tenderisation of toys. The issue has gathered pace and many have now joined to support the excellent work of the "Pink Stinks" and "Let Toys be Toys" campaigns. Rather than repeat myself I encourage you to read my piece, and visit those campaign pages - and not because this week is "Daughter's Week" but because last week was Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
I am not naive enough to think that encouraging pink and pretty causes Eating Disorders - and actually for the vast majority of sufferers neither does the beauty industry. What they do is legitimise behaviours which become entrenched and dangerous. Coupled with the often insidious world of Social Media - as I discussed here - anyone precariously balancing on the precipice is far more likely to descend into the depths of Anorexia or Bulimia. I should know - I've been there.