posted on Sep, 23 2013 @ 10:19 AM
Did nobody else notice that the articles also mentioned the attempt to bring regulations in on child models was rejected?
This is a feel good measure... which hasn't even *passed* yet.
It's something that people can point to and say "see... we did something!" while not actually doing a damn thing for the girls in reality. I would
be surprised if very many who voted for it have even spoken to a single one of those girls.
Vogue can still print their pictures of 10 year olds dressed like their adult models. They can still be put in TV shows. They can still sell sexy
underwear to 6 year olds. They just can't *compete* while wearing them.
Or maybe they can so long as they are being judged on their "costume" and not their "beauty" since that's what the legislation is addressing.
Costume contests for boys aren't banned... and it's a double standard to let boys have costume contests but not girls, yeah? But wait.. boys can be
superman... can girls be supergirl? What is an acceptable supergirl costume and what isn't? Is that defined in this law? No.
Kids can still be pushed into smashing their bodies together in sports competitions. Gymnasts and ballerinas will continue their competitions despite
the consequences when under the thumb of an overbearingly ambitious parent.
Gymnasts and ballerinas undergo the same or worse dietary and social restrictions as pageant models... and are competing against each other on looks,
size, skill, showmanship, etc virtually every day... not just at special events. Nobody can pretend gymnasts and ballerinas don't subject their
bodies to torture in order to remain thin, beautiful, small, whatever their "needs" are to "be the best". Then add in the physical injuries.
I find it curious that virtually every news story on this has photos on display along with the article, and not always the "nice" ones. So in the
process of hailing it a victory for children's rights... we'll sit here and continue to plaster their images for everyone to gawk at. Did those
girls consent to their images being used in those articles?
I've seen little to no concern in here over the worldwide display of those girls via these articles. Ban the pageant because they are
over-sexualizing girls... but here... let us provide you with some pictures.
You're being hoodwinked and told this is something it isn't... and being led to believe it is doing something it is not.
Girls can still be put on stages in outfits you don't like in France.
Oh fer #s sake, calm down! Problem with banning modeling- many catalogues and commercials use small children for modeling, but without any attempt to
sexualize them. This was supposed to be a statement about cultural norms and expectations
. That's all! This is not a police state.
The culture and peoples are different here; for one, they did not get raised to think it is "bad" to listen to peer pressure or follow the crowd- on
the contrary. Their saying is that it is bad "to listen to yourself".
They are into the whole "being your brothers keeper" values, and figure others can be more objective about what you are doing then you can yourself.
They believe shared cultural values, morals and traditions are very important for retaining solidarity in a nation.
Judge that as you want, like it or hate it. The fact and pertinance here is that - the people pay attention to what is collectively accepted or
. They don't need to have the police enforce it- they give in to peer pressure.
If the majority decides that something is "not good" then most people will follow that.
The one company that tried to sell lingerie (which only means "underwear" in french) that looked a bit adult was cut off at the bud- not legally
closed down, people just refused to buy them. These big media statements actually WORK here. No need for prisons sentences.
But rant on if it does you some good somehow....