Don't get me wrong; kids today are definitely in need of manners. And I'm talking basics, like "please" and "thank you" type stuff. And helping kids understand the need for making good conversation, respecting elders, table manners, and I'll even give you good posture (i.e. walking like you don't have a bag of sand down the back of your pants), is great. Of course these are lessons that should be taught by parents, but that's a whole 'nutha story. The things that bother me about Make Over Camp are:
1) The name. In my mind (which granted is a little twisted but I've learned to use it to my benefit) "Make Over " is synonymous with "you're not good enough the way you are." Sending that message to 10-year-olds? I no likey.
2) Make Over Camp is for girls only. This part bothers me a bit more than the name. All kids need these lessons, not just girls. Teaching girls how to dress, wear make up, talk nice and set a table is fine, but what the hell are the boys learning? Creating and marketing this program for girls makes it into more of a what some people are calling a "wife camp".
Teaching niceties to girls alone makes sociologist Marc Lafrance irate. “It might as well be called Wife Camp! Is Betty Draper happy on Mad Men? No! She’s miserable! Things like makeover camp send the message that a girl’s value lies in being entertaining, ornamental, totally innocuous, accommodating and polite,” said the assistant professor of sociology at Concordia University. -- Macleans.ca
I have to agree with the professor on this one. What about you?