We Need to Stop Comparing Ourselves to Other Women -- for the Sake of Girls

Last night, Amy Schumer slayed the 2015 Women's Media Awards in front of a crowd filled with a veritable Mount Rushmore of feminists including Gloria Steinem and Sally Field.

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She used the opportunity to talk about how much she hates those "Who Wore It Best?" magazine spreads that pit women against each other based on nothing more than how they look in a stupid dress, explaining her firsthand experience with the phenomenon:

In one of them, I was next to Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner. And then me and Fergie. And I wish, God, I wish this wasn’t so negative. I wish these magazines weren't pitting women against each other.

It's ridiculous and insulting, but "Who Wore It Best?" is also a reflection of the same relentless scrutiny about our looks that we put on ourselves.

We think we need to meet some imaginary ideal that even the richest and more beautiful need Photoshop and gobs of plastic surgery to achieve. You can't win.

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And by the way, if you do by some freak of nature and circumstance happen to win the "Hottest Chick in the World" title, what's the prize?

Being valued by dudes? Is that really what we're all competing for? Don't we have way better stuff to do with our time? Imagine what we could accomplish by turning all of that energy we spend convincing ourselves we're ugly and worthless into something wonderful and meaningful?

And as we start to unravel our own sick obsession with determining our -- and, shamefully, other women's -- value based on looks, we absolutely have to do everything we can to free the girls we're bringing up from the same silly burden.

Whether you're a mama, an auntie, a sister, or a nana, we have to ensure that the next generation of women understand that their value as a person has absolutely, positively nothing to do with how they look.

Sure, it's easier said than done, but it all starts with women being just a bit kinder and gentler on ourselves.

Little girls are watching us. So, let's try to show them how it's done. And when we need a little reminder of our own power, there's always our dream BFF and feminist warrior, Amy Schumer.

 

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