Telling a little girl she's pretty seems like a harmless compliment. But this usually innocent observation can have long-term effects on a girl's relationship to her looks — should we refrain from making it at all?
That's the question Lisa Bloom, who previously alleged that talking about celebrities makes us stupid, poses in the Huffington Post. She writes about resisting her impulse to tell a friend's five-year-old daughter, "Maya, you're so cute! Look at you! Turn around and model that pretty ruffled gown, you gorgeous thing!" She stopped herself, she says, because,