"We are the girls with anxiety disorders, filled appointment books, five-year plans. We are the peacemakers, the do-gooders, the givers, the savers. We are on time, overly prepared, well read, and witty, intellectually curious, always moving... We pride ourselves on getting as little sleep as possible and thrive on self-deprivation. We drink coffee, a lot of it. We are on birth control, Prozac and multivitamins... We are relentless, judgmental of ourselves, and forgiving of others. We never want to be as passive - aggressive as our mothers, never want to marry men as uninspired as our fathers. We carry the old world of guilt - center of families, keeper of relationships, caretaker of friends - with the new world of control / ambition - rich independent, powerful. We are the daughters of feminists who said 'you can be anything,' and we heard 'You have to be everything'. We must get A's. We must make money. We must save the world. We Must be thin. We must be unflappable. We must be beautiful. We must be perfect. We must make it look effortless"
(Taken from Courtney E. Martin's book Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women)
Why do girls feel so pressured to be perfect?
Do you agree with this?
I challenge you to question this.