Writer’ Name: Donnell Hicks
Title: Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
Young female teens have succumb to the principal of believing that if they become a video girl like they see in these hip-hop music videos, tattooing their bodies from head to toe, or get body piercings they would have high self-esteem; while in reality, it may lower their self-esteem. These young girls believe that icons in the music industry, such as female rappers, Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim, and R&B Pop superstar Rihanna are the utmost role models to lead their lives to success. Though they admire these music moguls and are influenced by their music, some of these young female teens have a way of breaking down under peer pressure from their classmates, friends, or members within their family.
For example, a young female teen notices her best friend/classmate is developing more rapidly than she is. The teen then develops low self-esteem, feeling as if she’s an outcast from the group of friends who she associates herself with on a daily basis. The teen is struggling with the idea that her best friends are developing faster than she is. Another example of some things that can lead to a young female posing a danger to her self-esteem is when she senses she’s not that very much attractive like her friends or some of her female family members. The teen will attempt to stand within the crowd, rather than standing apart from the crowd. Little do the teen knows, she’s lowering her standards so she can measure up to everyone else’s standards in the clique.
Furthermore, teenage pregnancy is on the rise, particularly in the African-American community. Young female teens between the ages of 13-19 have sexual intercourse in order to make themselves feel good in hopes of raising their self-esteem. According to blackwomenhealth.com, 60-80% of female teens give birth, 25% of 15 year olds are sexually active, and by 18 years of age 66% of female teens are engaged in sexual intercourse. These statistics are outstanding. Three factors which may play a part in the increase of teenage pregnancy are:
· Poverty in the African-American communities
· Lack of parental guidance
· Poor self-esteem
There are also female teens that are overweight and consider themselves to be less attractive and a social misfit. Teens may get picked on by their peers or family members. Being mentally abused by people can often lead to a teen’s self-destruction by alcohol and drug abuse or even worse, suicide. Parents, coaches, and any other authority figure tend to put teens down by always criticizing or making them feel less. In return, the teen develops poor self-esteem, for the reason that she may sense she never does anything right in her parents or coaches eyes.
Low self-esteem can come from almost anything. A teenager may experience pressure to do right in the classroom; the teacher may expect long range success from the teenager. Undoubtedly so, a teenager can be at times his/her own critic based on all the problems the teen may have to endure on a daily basis.
At last parents must do what they can to help their teens get through the hardships in life by encouraging them. If a teenager has failed a test in the classroom or on the playing field in a particular sport, it is up to the teen’s parent(s) to keep on encouraging the teenager to do better the next time around. Parents should do all they can do to help their teenager learn and grow about life.