Body Image

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Petition to Sundar Pichai (Google), Tim Cook (Apple), Jeff Bezos (Amazon)

Stop Cosmetic Surgery Apps Aimed At Kids #SurgeryIsNotAGame

My name is Diana Denza and I am the representative for Endangered Bodies New York. This is one of eight linked petitions by Endangered Bodies directed at Apple, Google and Amazon. I've worked with vulnerable children and young adults through both paid employment and volunteer work. Day in and day out, these young people are being told that their bodies are their sole value -- and that they will never be enough as they are.Plastic surgery apps don't provide any educational value and send young people the message that the only way to attain perfection is through the use of drastic, body-altering methods.As someone who struggled with an eating disorder in her young adult years, I know all too well how toxic the message that these apps depict can be -- reinforcing the notion that being "thin" and "pretty" will make your life "perfect." Children and young adults deserve better than damaging apps that offer an extremely narrow definition of beauty. _____________________ Cosmetic surgery apps, which often feature animated characters, are being marketed to kids as young as nine, a target group that is already influenced by our body-toxic culture. Our societies are saturated with images of perfect and unattainable bodies, with over 21 million cosmetic procedures being performed throughout the world in 2015 according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The dissatisfaction many adults face with their bodies has trickled down to our children. Statistics from The National Eating Disorder Association in the U.S. show 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat. In the UK, the 2016 Girlguiding Girls’ Attitudes Survey found more than a third of girls aged seven to ten felt women were valued more for their appearance than their abilities. Globally, children deserve to be challenged and inspired by their toys, not to spend their free time worrying about how they look. On January 14, 2014, Endangered Bodies supported the UK-based Twitter account Everyday Sexism in its call to remove plastic surgery apps aimed at children featured on iTunes and the Google Play store. Within 24 hours, both platforms removed the flagged apps. Although neither platform released an official statement, their choice to remove these “games” indicates that they recognize the potential harm they can cause. Deceptively designed as children’s games, the apps encourage users to slice virtual patients apart using scalpels, syringes, and other tools used in surgical settings. By making cosmetic surgery apps available for download, Apple, Google and Amazon are allowing companies to stoke and profit from the insecurities of children. We at Endangered Bodies challenge the toxic culture that promotes negative body image. Cosmetic surgery apps, which promote body dissatisfaction and shame, are not games that should be marketed to vulnerable young people. Although in some cases (where games have age-based ratings) it is possible for parents to limit access to these games through parental controls, we believe that further action is needed. Apple, Google and Amazon need to scrutinize the apps that already feature an age rating to ensure the content isn’t in fact directed at younger children, using the age limit as a way to still offer their app for download. In other words, we don’t want these platforms to use the age rating system as justification to continue to offer these apps, which are clearly designed for children. Please sign this petition to ask Apple, Google and Amazon to implement a policy which is clear to every developer, that they will not accept any such apps that are targeted at children and make a commitment to protect the mental health of their young users.  

Endangered Bodies NYC
154,576 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Anna Wintour, Vogue Magazine

Label Retouched Images of Models in Vogue Magazine

In the modern American culture, eating disorders have become, unfortunately, a common issue affecting both youths and adults. More than 10 million men and 20 million women will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime. Misconceptions and stigmas circulating around eating disorders affect the treatment of these mental illnesses and how they are recognized in the modern American society. These misconceptions directly correlate to how people with eating disorders are treated and how their illnesses are portrayed to the masses. The media, especially outlets relating to the fashion and dieting industries, is a major influence on the development of eating disorders as well as their corresponding stigmas. These stigmas include ideas such as that eating disorders are only centered around being thin. The American culture is obsessed with thinness and dieting, so much so that a thinness ideal has been developed. Oftentimes, because of the portrayal of unrealistic models in magazines, young people are afflicted with ideals they cannot meet, therefore resulting in a turn to unhealthy behaviors. Thus, we ask Vogue Magazine to label retouched or altered photos of models in their magazines. This could be done through either a symbol or a worded tag, but it must be easily recognizable and understood to be a retouching warning. Body shame is a central factor in the development of eating disorder behaviors. The constant exposure of perfectly and unrealistically bodied models distorts younger people’s views of what their body should look like, and they therefore develop a bad relationship with how they look. This relationship and negative opinion of their self worth can manifest in starving, purging or bingeing tendencies in an effort to maintain or achieve what is presented as the ideal body. Since adults are often exposed to these images as well, the misconstrued thinness ideal is ingrained into multiple levels of America’s culture. The idea of disordered eating is almost encouraged in today’s society, and therefore people, even doctors, can often not recognize eating disorder symptoms as they occur. This can cause serious dilemmas for those suffering with an eating disorder, as their condition can become worse. Health problems can include heart attacks, strokes, and low blood pressure, and can even progress to death by medical complications or, in many cases, by suicide. That is why we ask Vogue Magazine to label retouched photos. This can be the first step towards curbing stereotypes surrounding those with food related disorders and the body idealism in the media. We hope that people may become more aware of how the thinness ideal affects people, and by becoming aware of this thinness ideal, the negative stigmas surrounding eating disorders or disordered eating behaviors, as well as overall body shaming tendencies, may be recognized on a more cohesive basis.

Lorelei Gennett and Elizabeth Bangiyev
9 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Women everywhere

Victoria’s Secret enough is enough – it’s time to stand up for ourselves!    

JOIN ME and lets help change the minds of Victoria’s Secret to be more diverse and inclusive of body shapes and sizes on their runways! Victoria Secret have dominated the space for almost 30 years by telling women there is only one kind of body beautiful. As women I want us all to join together and say I AM enough, I AM beautiful, I AM unique and I WANT to see my body shape represented in your shows or I vow to never buy your product again!    I  have a daughter and I REFUSE to let her grow up with those limited ideals, the potential that she might not achieve in life by worrying more about fitting into this ridiculous idea that a bra size is more important than her physical and emotional health! Do you want your daughters to feel the same? I have spent a lot of my life looking at women in their ads that didn’t look like me, didn’t walk like me, and didn’t make me feel good about myself. I never felt like I was enough when I looked at myself through Victoria’s Secret’s lens.  I want to see women like myself and women I see everyday in magazines, on runways and in bras all over the world. So let’s start changing things from the top!   Let’s start reteaching everyone that there is more than just one kind of beauty or one kind of sexy.  How can you join me and commit to this change? Until Victoria’s Secret commits to representing ALL women on stage, I am calling for a complete boycott of this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It’s time Victoria’s Secret recognized the buying power and influence of women of ALL ages, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities.  The female gaze is powerful, and together, we can celebrate the beauty of our diversity. It’s about time Victoria’s Secret celebrated the customers that fuel its bottom line.  Will you join me? 1 Sign the petition! 2 Encourage your friends not to tune in or attend the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show share a photo of yourself on Instagram, as you are (not airbrushed and beautiful), use the hashtag #weareallangels to share what makes you uniquely beautiful, please tag me so I can see (@robynlawley) and @ThirdLove  For every person who shares a post with the #weareallangels hashtag, ThirdLove will donate one bra to I Support the Girls, a national non-profit that collects and distributes bras to homeless women and girls around the country !!!    

Robyn Lawley
10,044 supporters