A Peterborough father and husband, Jason Wilkins, shared the viral post on his Facebook page along with this powerful message that most every Dad can relate to:
"I love everything about this.
I've witnessed female body image issues run rampant through my family. Now, seeing it in my 9 year old daughter - it's heart breaking. If only the women in my life could see themselves through my eyes. You're all beautiful. Stop letting the media in, and spend more time loving yourselves."
"When I saw that post by Amy Schumer, it instantly made me happy," Wilkins tells PTBOCanada of his eloquent Facebook post. "We need more of that—much much more where our daughters can see that being a strong, successful woman isn't contingent on a small waist line."
"My daughter Averie is a gymnast, artist, silly dancing, practical joke making, loving, caring, bright shining light," Wilkins tells PTBOCanada. "She makes me smile everyday, which is why it kills me when that smile fades and gives way to anxiety and low self esteem, like, 'Look at my stomach Dad, look how fat I am.' As a father, you want your little girl to grow up strong, opinionated, passionate—but more than anything, you want them to love themselves and truly know their worth, without any doubt. So, hearing from your 9-year-old that she is too fat—well, I couldn't feel more helpless."
Wilkins is frustrated by what his daughter sees in the media. He tells PTBOCanada this:
"With the strong pull of media, and the continued push for women to look better, be thinner, have better skin, have better hair, etc. etc, how do our daughter's escape this? I don't have the answer, but I will continue to tell her and show her how much she is loved—how much her brothers, stepmother, mother, grandparents and friends care about her unconditionally."
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The episode also features an awesome performance by the Mayhemingways, and a chat with Koski about his next big thing.
Illustrator Jason Wilkins also came down and live illustrated the entire podcast, which was a lot of fun.
Watch the full show below (and in case you missed it, check out our first nine episodes here)...
Local illustrator Jason Wilkins has scored a sweet gig for a Kraft Dinner social media campaign. As he tells us, "I got an email from Scott, a producer at Anomaly, the creative ad agency for Kraft Foods. His creative team thought my illustrative approach to caricature would be perfect for Kraft Dinner's upcoming Facebook campaign. Throughout the month of August, fans will post pictures of themselves enjoying Kraft Dinner in creative ways. I'll then draw caricature versions of the winning entries which will be posted to Kraft's Facebook page. Being a longtime fan of KD, it's just awesome to be teaming up with them to create something their nearly half a million Facebook followers will enjoy!"
Take a look at the Before & After launch image to campaign...
Here are some more samples of Jason's illustrative caricature work...