Body Image

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Petition to The public, TLC TV

The Dark Side of Child Beauty Pageants

YOUR SUPPORT MEANS A LOT IntroductionBeauty pageant for children under the age of 12 cause a lot of harm with long-term effects to the contestants, which can be divided into three main categories; Physical Harm; Promotes body-image distortion and dissatisfaction.Toddlers competing in a beauty pageant are expected to perform as perfect little barbie dolls, with spray tan and fake eyelashes, forced into an unrealistic beauty standard. Societal Harm; Over-sexualizes young girls.The whole competition normalizes a 2-year-old to walk around the stage with tiny, tight bikinis dressing up as a sexy lifeguard. Emotional Harm; Teaches ethically negative values.To participate in a contest where appearance is all that matters lead these little girls and the public into thinking that they, as a female, are nothing more than a decorative object. All three of these problems have existed ever since the first child beauty pageant began back in the 1960s but it’s not until late 1996, along with the case of the pageant princess JonBenét Ramsey’s murder, that public spotlight finally turned onto child beauty pageants. The public started to voice their concern for the young contestants’ well-being. Despite this fact, about 250,000 total contestants are competing in roughly 5,000 child beauty pageant competitions each year in the United States, according to Occupy Therapy 2013 article. Goals/ObjectivesThe objective of this project is to raise public awareness on the dark side of child beauty pageant with the end goal of unraveling the three main problems stated above, which breaks down into; Remove beauty standardsBeing beautiful does not require a tan skin, blinding white teeth, or a skinny leg. To remove the idea of what an ideal body should look like will lessen the rate of mental and physical illness associated with body-image dissatisfaction such as anorexia and depression. Put an end to sexualization over a certain genderAlthough every parent indeed have different parenting styles and values, when it comes to dressing up a child, there are obvious boundaries and norms to follow. Starting from small things like this will hopefully change the world’s perspective with a better understanding that not everything related to a specified gender, in this case women, can/must be sexualized. Value what’s on the inside more than the outsideThe benefit of encouraging kids from a very young age that they are worth a lot more than what other people think of their physical appearance is to help build and boost their self-esteem which will also take part in their character development. CitationPhoto and Illustration

Alexxis Cornelius
15 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Barack Obama, President Barack Obama and Commissioner Of OCSE Vickey Turetsky

Over $116 BILLION in "UNPAID" Child Support in the U.S.!!

The OCSE is a very Broken system Nationwide! This petition is for REFORM of the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) and to bring awareness to the Difficulties many parents experience, when trying to collect child support from a Deadbeat Parent. Deadbeat Parent meaning: The Non-Custodial parent (NCP) who Intentionally Evades the OCSE and their Legal and Moral Child Support obligations. Parents who keep nothing in their name that can be attached. The parent who DOES NOT Cooperate with OCSE or The Courts. The NCP who is BEATING THE System!! Millions of Families/Children Rely on their Local Child Support Enforcement Office and the Services they offer, to Collect Child Support "Rightfully" owed their children. Services like... LOCATING and "SERVING" Non-custodial Parent, Establishing Paternity, Establish Court Orders and ENFORCING Court Orders.  Interstate cases being the Most Diffucult.  Today, in the U.S. there is over $116 BILLION in "UNPAID" Child Support.This enormous amount grows Daily. Most of which is NOW owed to Families, NOT the State! This is UNACCEPTABLE! Most Custodial,parents would perfer Child Support INSTEAD of WELFARE!! The current OCSE system, is DEPRIVING U.S. Children of Basic Needs and is in desperate need of Reform! Unfortunately, The OCSE "Priortizes" which cases they will ENFORCE! Focusing "ONLY"on the NCP who is NOT running & hiding, and who's wages can be easily garnished! THE EASY "Automated" CASES!! The more difficult cases, like mine and a Million others, are CLOSED! Such Priortizing, is Discriminating!!  "ALL" Child Support cases deserve to be a PRIORITY! Some cases have been waiting as long as 2 DECADES for Enforcement! Again, this is UNACCEPTABLE! COURT ORDERS MEAN NOTHING,IF NOT ENFORCED! CLOSING "UNPAID" Child Support cases without exhausting "ALL" remedies that are available under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act.  (Both Local & Federal) ALLOWS  Deadbeat parents to Neglect their Legal and Moral Child Support obligation to their children, with Little or NO Consequences at all! CLOSING Child Support cases is a HUGE problem, within the OCSE system, and now it is Automated! This must be CHANGED,To Help Children/Families, and NOT Deadbeat parents. Also, Closing "Unpaid" Child Support cases, makes the OCSE'S percentage of collections "LOOK" great on paper, To receive more Government Funding $$$ for Themselves. This is so WRONG!   Any Reform or Releif you can provide these Children/Families would be greatly appreciated. JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN Not DEADBEATS! Thank You for your Time,  Child Support Arrears per State: Criminal Nonsupport 50 State Table-  Major Change in Who is owed Arrears: CASE CLOSURE:  OCSE Preliminary Report to Congress 2013:  CHILD SUPPORT LIFTS CHILDREN OUT of POVERTY! 4.2 million custodial families were poor in 2011. Nearly all of these families are headed by a female custodial parent. Many are young, never married, and a member of a minority. Most have two or more children eligible for child support. These families struggle to make ends meet.  DO YOU PAY CHILD SUPPORT?? You Kids may not get it!!   "UNDISTRIBUTED" CHILD SUPPORT!                                                                                                                                                  BILLION$$ of "UNDISTRIBUTED" Child Support!                                                                                      CONTACT:

Paula Testa
3,512 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Nicky Morgan

Create a law to protect models from being pressured to lose weight!

I’m a 27 year old model, a clothes size 8. The girl in the picture is me. When I walked into one of the UK’s biggest model agencies last year they told me I ticked all the boxes except one -- I needed to lose weight. So I did. Four months later I lost nearly a stone, 2 inches off my hips. When I returned to the same agency they told me to lose more weight, they wanted me "down to the bone".When I look in the mirror I see someone that is healthy and comfortable in their skin. That’s because I had the guts to carve out my own path and refuse to let people pressure me into losing more and more weight. But with London Fashion Week the reminders are everywhere that we need a law to protect young girls, and boys, who are put under pressure to be dangerously thin.Modelling can be a very lonely place, especially for girls working internationally who are away from the usual support network of friends and family. When models travel overseas they are often put into shared accommodation with other models, and being surrounded by girls who are all striving to stay thin can perpetuate bad eating habits and encourage eating disorders. I’ve been on shoots for up to 10 hours where no food is provided -- the underlying message is always that you shouldn’t eat. The agencies managing and recruiting models have a responsibility to the wellbeing of girls on the catwalk at fashion week, and in the industry as a whole.France became the latest country to vote to criminalise the use of models who are dangerously thin. Those breaking the law face fines and up to six months in jail. And there is growing momentum for change in the UK - but we are still far from achieving a healthy standard for all models. The time is now for us all to come together. Please sign my petition to create a law to protect vulnerable young girls and boys in the industry.*Note: the fur in the image is fake fur! 

Rosalie Nelson
234,161 supporters