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Women’s Magazines: Stop Poisoning Our Air!
  • Petitioned Charles H. Townsend, Laura Lang, David Carey and Gina Sanders

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Charles H. Townsend, Laura Lang, David Carey and Gina Sanders

Women’s Magazines: Stop Poisoning Our Air!

    1. Rachel Sarnoff
    2. Petition by

      Rachel Sarnoff

      Los Angeles, CA

Millions of American women read fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazines each month. But every time we open one, we’re forced to breathe chemicals linked to allergies and hormone disruption, among other health problems, because of fragrance samples embedded within their pages.

A 2010 study by the Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found that top-selling perfumes contain, on average, 14 different hazardous chemicals that aren’t listed on their labels.

Many of these perfumes contain toxic chemicals like diethyl phthalate, which has been linked to developmental, reproductive, endocrine and immune system problems, as well as allergies and hormone disruption. Typically, perfumes also include paraben preservatives, which have been linked to early onset of puberty in girls. Additionally, artificial fragrances assault the millions of Americans who suffer from allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity, and migraines.

We can choose not to buy toxic perfumes, but we can’t do anything about the perfume samples that scent magazine pages.

I'm calling on the CEOs of Condé Nast, Time Inc, Hearst Magazines and Fairchild Fashion Media to stop poisoning our air and ban fragrance samples from the magazines that they publish.

Will you sign this petition and share it with your friends? Thanks!

Here’s a sample Facebook post:

I just signed the petition to top magazine publishers to stop poisoning our air and ban fragrance samples from magazine pages. Will you join me by signing the petition and sharing with your friends? http://tinyurl.com/poisonperfume THANKS!

Here's a sample tweet: 

Sign this petition to ban toxic fragrance samples from magazines! http://tinyurl.com/poisonperfume #banperfumepages PLS RT!

Thank you!

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, www.MommyGreenest.com

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      Feminists have identified women’s bodies as the locus of patriarchal control and power, for example in the medicalisation of reproduction and reproductive rights, physical and sexual abuse, in the sexualisation of the female body and the ‘beauty’ standards which women strive to achieve. Discuss how this process of objectification of the body may or may not work to weaken the position of women in society.


      In many cultures and historical periods women have been proud to be large--being fat was a sign of fertility, of prosperity, of the ability to survive. Even in the U.S. today, where fear of fat reigns in most sectors of the culture, some racial and ethnic groups love and enjoy large women. For example, Hawaiians often consider very large women quite beautiful, and studies show that some black women experience more body satisfaction and are less concerned with dieting, fatness, and weight fluctuations than are white women. However, the weight loss, medical, and advertising industries have an enormous impact on women across racial and ethnic boundaries. These industries all insist that white and thin is beautiful and that fatness is always a dangerous problem in need of correction. The popular notion that some communities are less influenced than others has meant that women of color in particular have a hard time being taken seriously when they have eating disorders. A black woman suffering from an eating disorder says:

      After all, don't black people prize wide hips and fleshy bodies? Isn't obesity so prevalent in our communities because it is actually accepted? Don't black women have very positive body images?...Anorexia and its kin supposedly strike only adolescent, middle- and upper-middle-class white girls...Women like me are winging it, seeking out other sisters with the same concerns, wondering if we are alone on this journey.

      Fat women daily encounter hostility and discrimination. If we are fat, health practitioners often attribute our health problems to "obesity," postpone treatment until we lose weight, accuse us of cheating if we don't, make us so ashamed of our size that we don't go for help, and make all kinds of assumptions about our emotional and psychological state ("She must have emotional problems to be so fat").

      Yet, as many of us have long suspected, it is now being acknowledged that it is cardiovascular fitness and not fatness we need to look at if we are concerned about health. Some of our ill health as fat women results from the stress of living with fat-hatred--social ridicule and hostility, isolation, financial pressures resulting from job discrimination, lack of exercise because of harassment, and, perhaps most important, the hazards of repeated dieting. Low-calorie dieting has become a national obsession. Many of us are convinced that making women afraid to be fat is a form of social control. Fear of fat keeps women preoccupied, robs us of our pride and energy, keeps us from taking up space. I don't like myself heavy, I want to feel thin, streamlined and spare, and not like a toad. I have taken antifat thinking into myself so deeply that I hate myself when I am even ten pounds "overweight," whatever that means. We can be more relaxed about our weight

      By experimenting with what weight feels comfortable to us rather than trying primarily to be thin.

      By being more accepting of weight variations through the life cycle.

      By developing a clearer understanding of which health problems are truly associated with weight (See chapter 2, Food).

      By exercising and eating nutritious food to feel healthy, and letting our body weight set itself accordingly.

      "We need a widespread rebellion of women who are tired of worrying about their weight, who understand that weight is not a matter of health or discipline but a weapon our culture uses against us to keep us in our place and feeling small. We need to quietly say no to ridiculous weight standards, reassuring ourselves that we're good and worthwhile human beings even if we aren't a size 6, and further, to protest those standards more demonstrably, on behalf of others as well. Both decisions require a change in attitude which, while not necessarily impolite, is rather less tolerant of the everyday demeaning comments about body size that women now accept as their due. In other words, we need to begin to throw our weight around."

      --Laura Fraser


      A better self-image doesn't pay the rent or cook supper or prevent nuclear war. Feeling better about ourselves doesn't change the world by itself, but it can give us energy to do what we want and to work for change.

      Learning to accept and love our bodies and ourselves is an important and difficult ongoing struggle. But to change the societal values underlying body image, we need to do more than love ourselves. We need to focus our attention on the forces that drive wedges between us as women: racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, and our national obsession with size and shape. To truly create change, to create a world in which all women can make choices about our appearances for ourselves and not others, we must incorporate all women into the heart of how we see ourselves. From this expanded horizon of sisterhood, we may begin to value the lives of women who previously meant nothing to us. We may begin to realize that understanding their lives is essential to understanding our own lives and realizing our full potential as women. If we can begin to eliminate the hatred and ridicule levied against women who don't fit the ``state-of-the-art'' ideal, we can lessen the stress of ``not fitting in.'' We also open the possibility of building a social-change movement that links all women who seek a world where each of us can celebrate and delight in our physical bodies. Working together to change the attitudes and conditions that restrict us, we feel proud and more able to take control of our lives. We need each others' help to change the deeply entrenched attitudes that make us dislike our own bodies and that interfere with

      • about 1 year ago

      Please watch shows "Healthy Living" on www.suprememastertv.com for a happy and long life.

    • Brenda Sensat COLUMBIA, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      I suffer from severe migraines and epilepsy and standing in the checkout line makes me sick from smelling all that perfume

    • Carol Aspinwall PITTSBORO, NC
      • about 1 year ago

      I have extreme reactions to these types of toxins. The women that use the toxic perfumes will pay a very frightening price for doing so, as will anyone that lives with them. These poisons should be outlawed.

      • about 1 year ago

      because i like everything to be free as a price


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