I’ve just come back from a youth conference where I gave a seminar on “Self-Esteem.” The venue? A Cattle Market. No, not kidding. The conference was held in a big showground in Belfast and this was one of the seminar venues: A genuine cattle market, saw-dust on the floor, massive scales to weigh the live-stock and big stadium-seating where all the farmers sit and shout their bids. But on this occasion it was teenagers who sat in judgement. And there was I on “the show-room floor”. Talking about self-worth!
But here’s what interests me. There were thousands of people at this conference. They all received publicity about the seminar and a good number came. But guess which gender came? Yeah, tricky I know!
Apart from the men that had to be there (hubby included) there wasn’t a single boy at the seminar. I’ve been thinking about why. And my first thought is one I’ve discussed earlier:
Men look at women – women look at themselves being looked at.
Talk about porn and you’ll get the boys’ attention. Talk about self-esteem and you’ll hook the girls.
Any other ideas? Why are girls interested in “self-esteem” but, apparently, no boys are?