tuesday tip — don’t get mad; get talkative.

My husband has recently started pointing out my passion for justice. I didn’t know what that meant until I saw this article and immediately demanded an explanation as to why no one has arrested and/or murdered this Sarah Burge woman yet.

The article, in case you don’t feel like reading it, reports that Burge, a woman in Britain (commonly referred to as “Human Barbie” because of her obsession with plastic surgery) gave her seven-year-old daughter a gift certificate for breast augmentation on her most recent birthday and a voucher for liposuction at Christmas. Even more alarming than these so-called “gifts” is the fact that she’s also convinced her daughter that wanting these things is completely normal and that it’s okay to hate the way you were made and to do something unnatural and harmful in order to change.

When I read this article, I got mad. Really mad. And I don’t like getting mad. As a matter of fact, I feel guilty when I get mad, because (like I previously stated) I crave justice and start wishing terrible, horrible, no good, very bad things on these people. For instance, after reading that article, I had vivid visions of setting this woman’s face on fire and letting all of the plastic melt off BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT SHE DESERVES, but then I stopped myself, took a breath, and reevaluated the situation.

The truth is, the reason this story is news worthy is because it’s absolutely absurd and, thankfully, I’m not the only one who knows it.


As easy as it was for me to get mad at this article and the wretched woman about whom it was written, what good does that do? Absolutely none whatsoever. If anything, it just makes me look like a crazy lunatic screaming at my computer screen and pulling my hair out.

If it’s not an article about a sick woman with a sadly misguided daughter, it’s an overly Photoshopped model in a magazine for young girls. Or an onslaught of diet commercials after the holidays. Or a group of teenage girls verbally bashing their bodies in a Hollister dressing room.

Take your burning anger over these things and turn it into a conversation — with colleagues, friends, family, little girls, whatever. Drawing attention to the fact that things like giving a seven-year-old girl a voucher for plastic surgery causes people to think deeply about the state of our society. And thinking can turn into questioning which can turn into change. The most dangerous thing we could do about all of this injustice in the world is keep quiet about it. We might not be able to take justice into our own hands, but maybe we could be the catalyst for reformation.

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