Image is everything in our society, especially for women. And nothing speaks more to one's image than weight. As a response to this, thousands of miracle diets, pills, and work out regimens are out there to help. The problem is that most of them are quick fixes designed to help women (generally speaking) improve their image and in turn their self confidence. At the same time, our society is also trying to break down these antiquated social constructs of yesteryear in an attempt to put an end to this madness, but many wonder if the problem can even be solved, given how ingrained the notion of weight and "being skinny" are to women today, even from a very young age. No, we're not talking about Toddlers and Tiaras. Today, the focus is on the Girl Scouts of America and their manipulative nomenclature when it comes to their one and only product line:
If you're able to get past the salesmanship, as it seems everyone has^, a new issue becomes immediately apparent. Should little girls be selling products that emphasize thinness? Isn't this just creating a complex in their little minds that will stay with them for the rest of their lives? Many people, like Duke University's Cary Clarke, think so.
Indeed it does. Weight, or weight loss, rather, has reached levels of dementia in this country. Beyond the bevvy of eating disorders and out there, there's also the world of modeling, which, until very recently, was composed of women who looked like they just escaped from a "Kiss the Girls" style dungeon. Luckily the 'visible sternum' model seems to be a thing of the past, but it doesn't end there. The term 'plus size model' often elicits the image of a girl who looks over weight to the naked eye when really the majority of them are of average weight and height, if not healthier than. So how can we expect to curb this problem when we're so set in our ways?
Maybe. Until then, we here at Great Scott! would like to offer a name change for the iconic cookie in the hopes it will initiate the change we're all seeking in the world. Here's a few options:
-Regular Sized Mints
-Big Fat Mints
-Think Mints (promotes the mind!)
-Then Mints...not for now, for then.
-Image Isn't Everything Mints
-Fat Lady Mints
-Black Girl on a Zip Line Cookies
*And those moms are better muscle than Chris and Snoop ever were.
^or maybe we're just complacent, like we are with so much else in the world.