Petition to Lauren Glynn, William Diaz, Finizio Joseph
Stand Up Against Over-sexualization of Teenage Girls
This is a petition against the high school administrators, who condone the sexualization and objectification of the bodies of young female high school students by enforcing the school dress code. We stand up against the restrictions placed on us by the idea of us being the provokers, when in fact we are victims of society’s over-sexualization of our bodies. We propose that it is not our responsibility or fault for how others look at us. As a matter of fact, boys and especially grown adult men or women should not see girls exposing their legs and shoulders as sexual. If they do, it is their problem and not ours. If they believe that boys will truly get distracted by the scandalous exposure of our legs, we encourage the administrators to simply ask boy’s about their opinions. We guarantee that no boys will agree that girls wearing shorts are distracting. They could care less about it. The accusation boys not being able to control their “urges” is also an insult to them, since that implies that that they have no self-control comparable to wild animals. Furthermore, placing this blame on us supports the idea that we are responsible for any assault and unwanted attention, because we are “asking for it” by wearing our summer clothes. Girls wears shorts because it's hot, if that was not already obvious. For us to be pulled aside and even get sent home for our attire is a waste of not only our time but also yours. Additionally, shorts that goes down out mid thigh and to our knees are hard to find in popular clothing stores such as Forever 21, H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Abercrombie & Fitch. They have gone out of style, and we should not be forced to go hunt for them for the sake of the school’s unreasonable dress code. This proposition is not to say we want to show off our buttocks, we merely strive to be able to wear what is appropriate for the hot weather. We hope that the sheer number of people made up of parents, students, and other adults who agree with our stance will open your eyes on how unjust, irrational, and sexist the current dress code is.
Petition to Evan Spiegel
Stop Snapchat from using sex to make money
"19 Unicorn Sex Toys That Will Make Your Love Life Magical" "8 Things Lesbians Get About Sex That Straight People Don't" "I Tried 5 Flavored Lubes- Here's The Surprising Winner" "Why the Satanic Temple Has Become so Popular" -------Snapchat's Cosmopolitan advertising stories for 5/16/2017 Dear Evan Spiegel (CEO of Snapchat), Though I admire your entrepreneurial spirit and creativity I discredit it all due to the manner in which you choose to monetize your app. I have been bothered by your chosen advertising content on Snapchat for quite some time. I, like you, am an entrepreneur. I am about the same age as you (26). I am not as successful as you, and my net worth will never be as high as yours, but my businesses' will always be run with more integrity. The stories that are displayed at the bottom of your app are visible to young children. My 10 year old sister uses Snapchat regularly and it saddens me to know the type of things you expose her to on the regular. The majority of your app users are young teenagers or adolescents. You are molding their minds everyday by choosing to advertise with Cosmopolitan, Now This, Vice, Refinery29. You are a young guy with a lot of power. You are molding certain people's children more than their parent's are. Why do you choose to allow such explicit sexual content on your app? I know it sells well, but is money your only driving force in life. Your app is amazing, and I use it regularly, but I want you to know you are poisoning the minds of adolescents about the reality of love and relationships, about politics, and about reality. I would ask you to kindly monitor what you allow on your app and use more integrity in your business practices. Tanner
Petition to Steve Shiffman, Manny Chirico, Melisa Goldie
Take Down Sexist Billboard In NYC
Earlier this month, apparel and underwear brand Calvin Klein put up a new billboard advertisement in Soho, New York City for its Spring 2016 #MyCalvins campaign. We are asking that the CEO and management at Calvin Klein (and their parent PVH Corp.) do the right thing and remove this offensive billboard IMMEDIATELY. The advertisement shows actress Klara Kristin in her Calvins with the text “I seduce in #mycalvins”, directly alongside male rapper Fetty Wap with the text “I make money in #mycalvins”. The billboard propagates an archaic and offensive gender stereotype that women are nothing more than sexual objects, while men are the breadwinners. Calvin Klein has a vast assortment of content for this campaign, so we find it appalling that the company chose to put these two images side by side in one of the most highly visible intersections in the country. Is the message of Calvin Klein that women are only good for seduction? Are we stuck in the 1950s? Are these the values of the Calvin Klein brand? We believe women can do anything, and that we should take every possible opportunity to teach and remind all women of that. Anything less, in this day and age, is irresponsible marketing. We should be illustrating that women do more than simply “seduce”. At ThirdLove we believe that no matter the different roles a woman takes on during the day, her lingerie should make her feel confident, sexy and ready to be the best at her job, as a friend, wife or partner, mom, or CEO of a company. We're not the only ones shocked by Calvin Klein. A mere 2.6 miles from their headquarters, New Yorkers we interviewed had plenty to say. We are asking that Calvin Klein do the right thing and remove this offensive billboard. And recognize your customers for who they really are: amazing women who can do anything. Women deserve more respect, and they certainly deserve more than what they’re getting from companies like Calvin Klein. #MoreThanMyUnderwear #NotInMyCalvins
Petition to SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, RIRE,inc., Future Support Committee, Okamoto Industries, Inc.
Stop exploiting women's bodies while using "fund-raising for AIDS" as an excuse to promote the company and raise profits
On December 5th through 6th, 2015, there was an event called “Oppai Bokin,” (translated as “Boob Aid” on their website) which was hosted by a television program that airs on a cable television network. The participants donate money, and in return are allowed to touch the breasts of the young women involved in the event. What occurs isn’t petting over the clothes, or a bra, but is skin-to-skin contact, where the participants directly touch the exposed breasts. There is a special website that live streams the event online. In the publicity photos, the women are shown pulling up their shirt, bare breasts exposed, as they line up and wait for the participants who have “donated” in exchange for the right to go down the line touching their breasts one by one. This petition campaign is not criticizing the (legal and consensual) sex/porn industry, nor is it trying to discourage people from expressing their sexuality or being sexually active. That said, this event should not be condoned and continued. Please stop exploiting women’s body for promotional and commercial aim. This event hides behind the front of being a “charity event” but in reality, the participants are basically just paying to touch bare breasts. If this is really a charity event, where all involved parties are volunteering (meaning they aren’t financially compensated), then technically, aren’t the real donors the women themselves, who gain little to nothing from this event? The organizers of the event disclose the amount raised and where it gets donated here, and from it we can see that the same individual is head of both the company that is hosting the event and the organization receiving the donations from said event. Furthermore, this organization is fairly new, and the website has very little information about the mission and activities. The organization receiving the donations should be held accountable by being more transparent about how the donations are being used or allocated. Using the word “donation” makes it seem as if this is a good thing that serves public interests. However, sexualizing female breasts and using it as part of fund-raising is merely a ploy to attract public attention to the program or channel. This entire deal, from the women’s bodies to the fund-raising, is an effort to boost viewership, and in the long run, generate profit for the companies involved. By catering to men’s desire to touch female breasts under the guise of a charity, treating erotic content as if it were anything but that and making it accessible to the vast public shows a lack of discretion on the part of the event organizers. Despite the blatantly sexist and exploitative nature of the event, they promote it on their website and through social media openly using women’s bodies as an advertisment tool, accessible to the general public, including minors. Moreover, what do boobs have to do with AIDS advocacy?Charity fund-raisers are a means to garner support by raising awareness and solidarity for the social issue or cause. But in this case, it is clear that the “donations” function as a “fee” to touch the breasts. By allowing such exploitative events to exist under the pretense of a charity fund-raiser, undermines and mocks other organizations and advocacy groups and individuals who are dedicating their time and energy working to fight AIDS and prejudice. Fund-raising to support AIDS groups is much needed. It can and should be done in ways that are appropriate in the public sphere, without exploiting women’s bodies and reinforcing sexism. Reference: An article written about last year’s event. (please note that this year, it was not backed by the Japan Foundation for Aids Prevention)http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/boob-aid-japan-porn-queens-take-part-in-24-hour-squeeze-a-thon-for-aids-charity