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Petition to Marks & Spencer

Rebrand "Nude" tights to reflect diverse skin tones - #nudeisnotonecolour

I am a woman with light brown skin. For years I have valued M&S tights for their longevity, quality etc. However, I have always been very uncomfortable by the way they name the colours that are meant to reflect skin tones (and how few there are!): Nude, Natural Tan, Suntan, Cocoa. Nude is always pale. The OED definition of 'nude' (other than naked) is '2. Denoting or relating to clothing or makeup that is of a colour resembling that of the wearer's skin.' While a subset of this is indeed '2.1. Of a pale pinkish-beige colour' the example given is 'nude tights'. In other words, by perpetuating this, tights manufacturers are part of the problem. When I am nude, my skin will never be pinkish beige. I have emailed M&S explaining how this is everyday racism and not inclusive, and asked them to reconsider their naming system to be more inclusive and to reflect a diverse range of skin tones. For example, they could describe nude tights as "beige" or "pale". They have stated that they need more feedback. Please sign this petition to show M&S how words have power and that it is their responsibility to make their brand more inclusive of the diverse people who live in our country and shop with them. It's a small change but makes a huge difference for what skin we think is "normal".#nudeisnotonecolour #everdayracism #wordshavepower #smallchange #allskins

138 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to Philip Hammond MP, Theresa May MP

Stop taxing periods. Period. #EndTamponTax

The Treasury vowed to axe the outdated and overtly sexist tax on tampons, sanitary pads and mooncups in January 2016. WE WON! By March we made history when Parliament accepted a tampon-tax-ending amendment proposed by the amazing Paula Sherriff MP. Following Brexit complications, this amendment will be implemented by 2022 at the very latest. That sucks. But we're on it! We've launched a new project called 'Period Watch' to keep an eye on the Government and SMASH the period taboo in the meantime! Our new petition can also be signed here to help reduce this deadline date. Period! We need to make sure we no longer tax period products on luxurious, “non-essential” grounds, but not helicopters, the maintenance of our private jets, or crocodile steaks. Even President Obama has coined the tax 'shocking' and 'unfair'. If you value the functioning of those who menstruate at least as much as you enjoy your flying crocodile Fridays then sign our petition and join our campaign. Help to put an end to the marginalisation of issues traditionally associated with women by demanding a zero tax rate for sanitary products. Periods are no luxury. You can ‘opt-in’ to extravagance. You cannot choose to menstruate. Despite this, a whole heap of disadvantages have been created for those who do. Not using sanitary products can lead to health risks, jeopardise maintaining a normal, professional or personal life, and result in public ridicule. Equally, by using sanitary products, our Government capitalises on misogynist discourse and period shame that has caused us to fear our own menstrual cycles. It’s a double-edged sword that cuts women on both sides. Tax allocations should expose the needs of society as a whole, and the needs of those who menstruate as well as those who don’t. Because we care about these people, this campaign was made in support of tax allocations representing them and reflecting something that is vital. Philip Hammond, sanitary products should join your list of essential, tax exempt products, which include “helicopters” (and “aircraft repair and maintenance”), “alcoholic jellies” and “exotic meats including crocodile and kangaroo”. While we can live without flying our own private helicopters, we cannot live without the public participation of those who menstruate, which is dependent upon the accessibility of sanitary products. We hope you support and join our campaign! Laura Find us on Facebook or Twitter for more information. We would love to hear form you. #EndTamponTax Sister petitions:Axe #TamponTax before 2022!End Period PovertyDrop Period Prices Stop taxing periods around the world, and join our sister campaigns!Active campaigns:Australia: shelters: http://thehomelessperiod.comItaly: Africa: States of America: World: SUCCESSFUL campaigns:Canada: News Coverage:The BBC: News: Guardian: Independent: Telegraph: and and The NewStatesman: Marie Claire Magazine: May issue 2015 and Magazine: and Confused: Post: The Fabian Society: Daily Mash: and and Mirror: Metro: Female Lead: Politics Home: Housekeeping: Women's Views on News: Women's Voice: projects: Extra information:After the UK joined the Common Market in 1973, a 17.5% sanitary tax was introduced. It was justified when Parliament classified sanitary products as “non-essential, luxury” items. After years of hard work, in 2000 Labour MP Dawn Primarolo (who we are working closely with on this campaign) announced that during the following year sanitary tax would be reduced to 5%. She explained the reduction was “about fairness, and doing what we can to lower the cost of a necessity”. EU law has prevented sanitary products from escaping tax entirely. Following the Union’s decision to standardise tax across the continent, no separate member state can revise VAT allocations without the EU’s permission. For this reason, hopefully with the backing of Westminster, we hope to convince the European Parliament that this is an important issue worth revising, too.

Laura Coryton
320,088 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Urban Outfitters

Plus Size is Growing. Urban Outfitters, you will be left behind.

UK average clothing size? 16. Urban Outfitters largest stock size? UK 12. Should I need to say more? Possibly not, I will anyway, so please bear with me. ModCloth, online retailer, surveyed 1,500 women aged 18-35 who wear 16 plus sizes,  the results of which highlight what an important campaign this is. 60% of participants felt 'embarrassed by shopping for clothing in a separate store or in a separate department', 79% of these women believe that 'the fashion industry ignores the needs of plus-size women' so why are we allowing this to happen? Could there be a lack of interest in fashion from such women? NO! The same survey determined that 84% of participants would 'buy more clothing if more trendy options were available in their size''. If these women were provided the option to shop at Urban Outfitters, granted not a shop to everyone's style yet a considerably 'trendy' UK shop then this would evoke an extra 1,260 customers alone. No questions asked. If you would prefer not to discuss such matters in statistics then let's talk about money. PWC's 'UK Plus Size clothing market review', November 2017, highlighted that this 'specialist' market was estimated at £6.6bn, reflecting £4.7bn for Women and £1.9bn for Men, respectively. Shockingly, these figures outperform the overall women's and men's clothing market in the UK for 2017. Finally, why is the issue important to me personally? Well, I'm sick and tired of wandering aimlessly around shops only to discover their 3 level stores don't stock anything remotely my size? I'm fed up of leaving changing rooms with tears in my eyes, simply because I'd fallen in love with an item of clothing that was never to be mine. I don't want to change who I am, I don't want to feel like being part of the Growing (pun possibly intended) Majority is something to be ashamed of. Henceforth, join me in tackling Urban Outfitters, so we can make a move in this revolutionary world together and fight openly for more active inclusion one shop at a time! ~Thank you. Sources for information or further reading:

Olivia S
26 supporters