I am wracked with pain over the recent death of Amanda Todd, whose devastating line-up of experiences lead to her choice to end her life. Having worked with young women for over a decade to inspire their sense of confidence and community, I am moved to speak to this issue.
In a fleeting single moment informed by vulnerability, Amanda Todd made a choice that changed the course of her destiny. She objectified herself to find external affirmation because that experience outshone what it was for her to source it from within. Her choice represents that of hundreds that have simply gone unseen. It speaks to a sexually exploiting cultural fabric in which young women are challenged to know their own boundaries, to say nothing of their true and inherent worth. Youth are taught roles and value before they have the maturity to moderate their understanding of where stereotypes…
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