These past weeks, French and international press has placed the private life of the President, Francois Hollande, his now former companion, Valerie Trierweiler and a French actress, Julie Gayet, on the front page non-stop.
Nobody should ever have to settle for less than they deserve just for the sake of being with someone. The problem these days is, sometimes mistreatment or "good enough I guess" is seen as normal and acceptable. It's time to raise your standards.
It appears that the buzz around Looking didn't translate into viewership. The highly praised show didn't make the top 100 cable shows for Sunday in the coveted 25-to-54 age demographic, though Looking should appeal to precisely that demographic.
As a human, woman, and athlete I'm aware of how my body feels, looks, moves, and speaks to me. This combination of information my body provides is one part of the equation that can make me feel beautiful. It's not limited to the physical though.
Someone has to dispel the notion that pointing out the flaws of this important and groundbreaking series means you're a mean and ignorant, old hag who doesn't understand art, or the plight of the young woman.
Girls are taught that it's okay to automatically not like each other. We're taught that female friends probably won't stay loyal because we'll end up competing for the same guy or handbag. We're taught that -- above all else -- we should aim to be 'not like most girls.'
January is National Mentoring Month, a campaign launched in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR. It's great that the campaign matches up when we are making resolutions for the New Year.
Advertisers and public figures hoping to improve girls' and women's self-esteem should spread messages that encourage critical questioning about beauty standards beyond just expanding the social definition of "beautiful."