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The Focus on Adele’s Weight — Proof Our Society Still Hasn’t Learned

I opened up CNN today and this is what I saw as one of the top headlines:

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Why I’m on This Soapbox Today

My frustration with CNN was amplified this morning as I sat with my 5 year-old niece to do her reading for school. They were books assigned and provided by her public school in Connecticut. Two of the books used the word “fat” repeatedly and shamed a pig for eating too much.

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Two Age Groups. Same Message.

My niece and I are 30 years apart, but we are influenced in similar ways by the media. We’re being shown daily and sometimes by the minute, that beauty is what trumps all. That’s what gains positive attention, and not living up to these standards warrants ridicule.

We Need New Editors and Publishers

Everything in media goes back to a central problem — we have outdated publishers, editors and strategists in charge. There must be fundamental shifts in the way news sites determine what constitutes as news. And publishers should be held to higher standards when providing recommended literature for young children. The books my niece were assigned didn’t have any educational value and did more harm than good.

Award-Winning Writer, Disability Specialist & Media Expert. I write about entertainment, politics, travel and some oversharing. KristenParisi.net

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