Growing up as a teenage girl in a still very patriarchal society can surely be quite challenging and quite exhausting too. The blatant sexism faced by young women is still at its peaks in such a developed world. And this happens in the form of how a bit too much is expected from girls, they are objectified, and rarely ever considered humans.
Going through gender inequality, body image issues, self-esteem problems from a very early age can put the morale of girls at a dangerous phase. Here are some common exhaustive issue faced by our capable teenage youth and it’s time you can take a stand against this by the help of the solutions given.
Simple Solutions to Teenage Girl Problems:
#15 – Body Image Issues
As expert as the media and fashion is in objectifying women and labeling zero sized body as the only perfect, can send your teenager into a trauma that she might be very lacking.
Solution: Always know that it’s your caliber, mind and capabilities that makes you amazing, not your body size. Expose yourself to movies, to books where women are represented in bold and brave characters and not through bodily or graphic aspects.
#14 – Gender Biases in Schools
How absurdly media and movies stereotype girls in terms of ‘dumb blond’, ‘geek girl’, etc. and girls in reality begin to feel that way. They may be called dumb if they are too pretty, or nerd if they are too smart. And million other stereotypes people attach to a girl’s character.
Solution: Always pursue your passions and continue to do whatever you are good at or whatever you like. No matter if it’s art, ballet, singing, sports or anything. Teach her that people are not defined according to their appearance.
#13 – Eating Disorders
Looking up to or following fashion trends of brands like CK or VS, girls come across how models with perfect bodies are idealized. They may fancy those models or aspire to look like them, indulging in improper eating habits or becoming bulimic.
Solution: Becoming anorexic is consequently fatal and serves nothing but insecurity and painful health.
#12 – Boy Problems
Solution: You should know that is all just teenage engagements and breakups and relationship failures does not define you and never will. Muslim couples are quite conscious of this fact , so keep this in mind.
#11 – Grading
Solution: Indulge yourself in extra curricular activities to get exposure and not entirely be a book worm. If you figure out your interests and passion, lower grading wouldn’t demotivate you.
#10 – Involvements in Drugs
Solution: Drugs may make you feel better for a while and get high but nevertheless the result is usually fatal and it’s impossible to give them up if you get too addicted.
#9 – Consistent Needs to look Good
Undergoing teens is no easy job, especially girls. Girls are expected to look pretty and presentable all the time. Well, this is just discriminatory and exhaustive because none such absurdity is expected of boys.
Solution: You may dress the way you like and feel comfortable. And that is perfect, no one has any right to tell you otherwise.
#8 – Uncertainty of Future
Solution: What you can do is work hard on getting exposure from activities, volunteer work and internships and keep academics in balance too.
#7 – Peer Pressure
Solution: Above all, peers who motivate you into engaging in stuff you don’t really want to be not your peers.
#6 – Smoking and Drinking
Solution: Above all, you are young, and healthy and alive. Why would you want to decrease your age? Plus smoking and drinking like drugs are temporarily pleasurable and one day it would not be so comforting.
#5 – Depressions
Solution: Always consult therapists and attend rehab sessions. They can be useful.
#4 – Dating
You may find yourself engaging in a lot of failed relationships, and it is only later in life, do you realize that they were really bad ideas and bad calls.
Solution: What you must know is that eventually you will find the person who is your rightful choice.
#3 – Bullying
Solution: Bullying can be quite traumatic and a rehab session or some counseling would do.
#2 – Gender Segregation at Home
Solution: This may happen due to parents’ lesser awareness for what’s best for their children. What you can do is stand up for yourself and your rights.
#1 – Life Not Going As Planned
There are times when life may not work out as you planned, and there may be tones of times that you gave your best but it just seemed like a game of fate. What you need to know is that life is not about simply making or failing, it is about a series of choices and changes.