Equalize Portrayal of Women in the Media

Today, women are bombarded by thousands of media images on a daily basis. These images suggest that women are beautiful only if they are thin, pretty, and culturally accepted. Research shows that the effects of this are surfacing in the increasing prevalence of plastic surgery, eating disorders, and low self-esteem in our country today. Young girls already feel the influence as well, citing a desire to diet as early as second grade. Eating disorders are the most fatal of all mental illnesses, yet magazines, commercials, television shows, and other media continue to promote them by portraying thin as beautiful. Women are often depicted as objects to look at, not humans to be respected. The deleterious effects of unrealistic images on future generations of girls will only worsen as time goes on. The perpetuation of such dangerous standards through generations will only strengthen them. Young women should not have be consumed by anxiety over weight and looks, but instead deserve a worry-free childhood and the confidence to pursue goals in more valuable aspects of life. We request equal treatment of women in the media. That is, we instead call for the representation of a variety of women that have different body shapes and ethnic backgrounds, in addition to, representation of these women as equally good, strong, and deserving of respect. By supporting the above cause and signing below, you will assist in bringing a sound case to the United States Government.


This petition is sponsored by \"Women for Confidence\". We can be contacted directly at Redford.2@alumni.nd.edu.


The following links give statistics depicting the effects of today\'s world on women: http://www.beyondhunger.org http://www.about-face.org http://www.kff.org/content/archive/1260/gends.html


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    Crystal, United States

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    Madalyn Cregg, United States

    2 years ago State: Illinois
    Country: United States
    Comments: I believe action needs to be taken against the way women are portrayed in the media. All young people (not just girls) are victim to eating disorders and other psychological disorders as a result. I am signing this to give me piece of mind that hopefully when I have children, they won't be obsessed with weight management and exercise that the images in the media reinforce. I am taking a stand for my generation and those to come who are exposed and affected by the media's negative influence on body image.
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    2 years ago State: Idaho
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    Comments: renT0M Say, you got a nice blog article.Much thanks again.
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