Yes, I kid you not, this is the title of Chapter 2 in my textbook this semester. It is literally a chapter in my English textbook that talks about how buying cosmetics and plastic surgery can enhance your happiness in life. It took me a long time to figure out how to present this lesson in a way that wouldn’t make teenage girls even more unhappy with their self esteem and body image.
To start I showed I had a boy volunteer to participate in a skit. Little did he know that he would be playing the part of a girl, getting ready for class in the morning. We started by washing his face, putting on a beautiful scarf, brushing his hair, putting a headband on his head, and then applying blush, eye shadow, and powder. To complete the picture he got to hold a mirror up and see how he looked.
I showed a video from Dove’s pure beauty campaign and to end class I had the kids write down their idea of what beauty “really is” then they put their post-it note with qualities of inner beauty on the inside of the girl, making a really cool collage. I think I’m going to keep the project, it turned out really neat.