Petition to Kate Bilenki, Don W. Hobbs, Neil Bryant, Sean Rad
Stop Size Discrimination on Dating Sites
Teen Seeking Prom Date Faces Size Discrimination by Dating Sites An 18-year-old from Illinois is petitioning several dating sites to reinstate his dating profile. Last month, Jack Timperley posted his first profile on a dating site on his 18th birthday. He excitedly looked forward to potential matches in the hopes of finally taking a date to the prom. But one by one, each dating site began to flag and delete his photos and ban him from their websites. Why? Because he is short and thin for his age, and does not fit into cultural gender norms. Jack was born with a genetic disorder called Fanconi Anemia that required him to undergo four dozen surgical procedures and a bone marrow transplant. At four foot eight inches and 55 pounds, Jack is shorter and weighs less than your average 18-year-old young man. Erroneously believing Jack’s photos were of an underage child, dating sites like Plenty of Fish, Zoosk, Bumble, Badoo, and even PetiteMates (which is designed for shorter people) said Jack had violated their terms of service. Tindr (which authenticates the age of its Facebook users) even went so far as to ban his account. While it’s certainly important to prevent minors from inappropriate situations, one size doesn’t fit all! There should be room in our automated technology forums for individuals who don’t meet expectations. It’s not too late! Jack’s prom is May 19th, 2017. Please sign this petition to get his dating profiles reinstated! It will be sent to the corporate officers at Zoosk, Badoo, Bumble, Tindr, and PlentyOfFish. Thank you!!
Petition to Gap Inc.
Stop up-charging for women's plus-sized clothing
Every woman knows how hard it is to find a good pair of jeans: a pair that is the right fit at the right price. That’s why I was shocked when, during a recent visit to Old Navy’s website, I noticed that they were charging $12-$15 more for plus-sized womens jeans -- but not upcharging jeans for “big” men. If they are charging plus-sized women more to cover the cost of the fabric being used, then why aren’t they doing the same for men? I was fine paying the extra money as a plus-sized woman, because, you know, more fabric equals higher cost of manufacture. However, selling jeans to larger-sized men at the same cost as they sell to smaller men not only negates the cost of manufacture argument, but indicates that Old Navy is participating in both sexism and sizeism, directed only at women. For example: Old Navy’s Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans cost $27 in a size 6. The same jeans in a size 26 cost $40. Alternatively, the men’s Slim-Fit Jean costs $25--no matter the size. Old Navy even takes it one-step further, by separating out “Women’s Plus” clothes into a completely different section of the website, but keeping all of the mens clothes together. I don’t understand why me and women like me are being singled out and forced to pay more by Old Navy, when our male counterparts are not. This is entirely unfair and offensive on many levels. For a company like Old Navy, who claims to be inclusive and strives to provide affordable clothing for everyone, this practice completely undermines their mission.Please join me in calling on Old Navy to take a stand as a leader in their industry, and tell them to stop their discriminatory pricing practices and offer products at a fair cost to ALL people of size, not just men.