No Cinderella For You!
April 17, 2013
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How Will She See Herself? I try diligently to teach my 8-year old daughter to overcome societal pressures. I encourage her to be strong and not rely on others…this is why at one point I was dead-set against Disney movies where the poor helpless princess was doomed until the handsome strong prince showed up to save her. I don’t want my daughter to feel she needs to be saved by anyone. I want her to be strong, positive and independent…she’s Grossfield for the love of all things holy in this land! Equally important, and critical to this goal, I want her to have a fabulous self-image.
But the media pressure for a young girl to look a specific way is a behemoth of a challenge to overcome. Although I know my daughter is the most beautiful girl on the planet, her self-confidence shouldn’t be dependent on how attractive other people find her. Women are so critical of the way they look. Even my wife, who is absolutely stunning, will comment from time to time on how she doesn’t feel pretty…I look at her like she’s completely delusional.
Dove started a campaign years ago to reverse the trend on women’s self-image…a trend that only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful…4%! But I think slowly and steadily our society is getting their message. It doesn’t hurt that the numbers of smart strong women as public figures are increasing and similar social campaigns are emerging to reverse the fiction. The following link is a message to women that they need to stop being so critical of themselves. Dove hired a professional forensic artist to draw women based on self-description and then again by someone else…the difference is telling: Dove Real Beauty Sketches.
My Market Watch: Pricing is the same as yesterday…Interbank did not take the bait to change its pricing despite positive movement in stocks. This morning we see the stock market giving up its gains and now we’re in a good place as far as bonds are concerned. Bonds are up +25bps already today and up another 12bps since rates were published this morning. This is encouraging news…if the bond continues to do well we could see a mid-day rate change for the better. I advise you refrain from locking to see if a mid-day improvement will come. Of course, if you’re going to play this game, then you need to be watchful of the market for a reverse shift. But in my opinion we’d have to see a fairly large sell-off in bonds for that to occur and that is not likely. Let me know if you have any comments….
My Schedule: I am available all day. Please note, I rarely answer my phone before 10:30a as I use this time to catch up on the previous day’s business and prepare the remainder of the day….
Cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Our family is walking again this year to find a cure for CF, a life-limiting illness. We walk for our friends pictured, Ashton (age 11) and Lola (age 7). The average life expectancy of someone with CF is 37. Let’s change that! JOIN ME – WALK WITH ME ON MAY 19 – help us to raise money for a cure. JOIN ME – WALK WITH MY FAMILY ON MAY 19, or, to donate:donate here. THANKS!