It feels like a ten-ton weight is handed to every girl at the age of twelve, and then she is invited to mount the tightrope of adolescence. It is as if we look at these spindly-legged, ponytailed girls, fresh out of sixth grade and say, ‘Now you will be grown. You will be watched. You will fight every day of your life to be respected- by yourself and others. You will have to read between the lines, protect your reputation, be wary of your best friends. You will have myriad hungers. You will need to control these constantly.’

Courtney Martin, Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters

Give your twelve-year-old self some love! What would you say to that girl, knowing what you know now?

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