Amy Poehler Says I’m Beautiful, and Damn It, She’s Right

Recently I came across Amy Poehler’s website: or Smart Girls at the Party. I love AP for her authenticity, courage, and of course, her humor. I was particularly taken with her advice about body image and how we should speak to ourselves like we would to our daughters or younger sisters; as the mother of a beautiful three-year-old girl, I couldn’t imagine ever saying the vicious things to her that I say to myself about my thighs, waist, etc. To see her talk in its entirety, go to:

I went on to peruse the rest of the site and decided that I would start a blog, this blog, as means of challenging myself to think more critically about the position of women (including myself) in society. As a mother, wife, daughter, friend, teacher and scholar, I face pressures daily to look and behave in certain ways, and too often these pressures silence my true self.  Emboldened by SGATP, whose motto is “Change The World By Being Yourself,” I’ve decided to make this space the place where I explore what that means for me: how I define myself and how I see the world around me. I hope you enjoy these musings and are encouraged to be yourself as well.

And remember, you are beautiful. AP says so and so do I.

One Reply to “Amy Poehler Says I’m Beautiful, and Damn It, She’s Right”

  1. Body image is the beginning, but not the end of this curiosity. Katty Kay and Claire Shipman have a new book, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance. It discusses the confidence gap between men and women. If you don’t have time for the entire book, it is the cover story of this month’s Atlantic. Bottom line: women’s habit of self doubt is keeping us from achieving what we might. As a caller to the Diane Rehm show said, a man with a B+ in math thinks, “Damn, I am great at math.” A woman with a B+ can’t understand why she doesn’t have an A and wonders what is wrong with her. I recognize this in myself and my female students. Congratulations on the blog and good luck!


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