Where does an individual’s value come from?
Is it determined by their level of education, salary, or social status? Is it set by their looks, athletic ability, or sense of creativity? Does their family of origin or hometown have a bearing on their value?
At She’s Somebody’s Daughter, we seek to build communities of love and hope that honor women. Our desire is to see each woman valued as an individual with inherent worth, and to bring an end to the objectification and commodification of women through commercial sexual exploitation.
I want to take this opportunity to share that our name She’s Somebody’s Daughter is not meant to imply that a woman’s worth is attached to her position of daughter. We believe women are valued simply because they exist...they are somebody. But we have seen that phrase be an effective perspective shifter for men on the demand side of sexual exploitation. Hearing that phrase often helps someone begin to see the woman as a human. It’s not the end, but it’s a good start.
We also want to see each man valued as an individual with inherent worth. We want to see healthy men who are free to enter authentic relationships not based on financial exchange or what they externally have to offer. We want to build communities where the full spectrum of masculinity is both allowed and encouraged: emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually.
In a culture that so often seeks value through external circumstances, let’s call out each other’s inherent value. Let’s help those around us see their true identity, not in their level of success, not defined in their relationships, not set by accomplishments. Let’s call out character, gifts, compassion, kindness, personality nuances, and the many valuable factors each person was created with.
In the SSD Community, we are privileged to see and draw out the value in many individuals who experience marginalization and objectification. We have many opportunities to shift perspective as we do presentations and share stories in our community. Won’t you join us in coming alongside those seeking value, and helping to discover the value they already have?