Friday, August 3, 2012

Gabby's Hair and Olympic Role Models

I am so frustrated with the criticism of Gabby Douglas' hair, frustrated enough that I was going to write about it. You know, in my usual way: long and ranty.

But, I decided to take a different approach.

An NPR article has this to say about the "controversy":

What she is is a role model. Douglas has accomplished a feat that is unattainable for most of the population. When viewers are distracted by a trivial matter that doesn't affect a performance, we are teaching our young people that style is more important than substance. Little girls are watching Douglas flipping her way across the floor, noticing that she looks a lot like them, and dreaming of one day following in her footsteps.
I know that she's a role model to my own little girl. As we were watching the gymnastics team perform, my daughter felt inspired to try out a few moves of her own.

Hopefully she can keep learning that her spirit, her personality, and her drive are more important than her hair (which is also awesome).


  1. Holy jeebus that is cute! Makes me feel like I might be doing something wrong though, that my 2 year old just sits on her arse while watching olympic gymnastics :P

  2. Haha! I think I'm doing something wrong as mine never sits still. Ever.