Petition: Stop Starvation Propagandist
It's usually best to avoid these kinds of stories, as they often end up just giving publicity to the denounced companies. But this is too appalling a case to pass by.
The CEO of one of the most toxic diet-starvation companies, a company that profits off of making young women hate their bodies, has, appallingly, been asked to speak at a conference for school girls.
This is state-sanctioned promotion of eating disorders and body hatred, no less.
Fortunately, someone has started a petition against it. You can sign it here:
The text of the petition is excellent:
"Inspire" them? To do what? Inspire them to hate themselves? Inspire them to starve? What kind of sick mind can call this "inspiration"?
How can any school board sanction having a representative of one of these companies come in and begin poisoning girls' minds at a vulnerable, impressionable age?
The comparison is precisely apt. In fact, if anything, it is too generous to the diet-starvation industry, because at least the tobacco industry is nominally regulated in terms of where and how it can advertise and sell its products. But starvation-propaganda is unlicensed and ubiquitous, not just in the form of direct ads from these diet companies, but also in the visuals of the entire fashion industry, which promotes an emaciated appearance.
The petition makes this crucial point about how insidious and harmful this appearance by a diet-starvation CEO could be:
Sign the petition. Take a stand. Stop this insanity at this point.
And if ever any school, anywhere, ever tries to bring in representatives from diet-starvation companies, which comprise the most harmful industry on the planet, make sure to stop them, thus keeping them from warping girls' minds.
Re: Petition: Stop Starvation Propagandist
An article published yesterday seconds the notion that allowing a diet profiteer to begin recruiting future victims by delivering a speech at a school function is an obscenity, and must be stopped.
The author describes a nightmarish, humiliating scenario from her school days. I find it appalling that any girls have ever been subjected to such a barbaric public shaming. It sounds like something out of a dystopian novel.
Calipers? Good God. No wonder this experienced warped the author's mind and deceived her into associating "underweight" with "normal," as most women do in our thin-supremacist culture.
The article identifies the weaselly way in which the diet industry deludes women into subjecting them to starvation: by pretending that body diminishment is some kind of magical path to fulfillment.
Far from it, it is a route to sure misery.
The author correctly indicates that dieting is, in fact, nothing short of a self-imposed eating disorder:
Given the fact that the diet-starvation is simply a peddler of mental and physical abuse, the idea that one of its representatives would be legitimized by a school board is intolerable:
Let's hope that the petition stops this diet peddler from appearing at this or any school function, and that henceforth, all representatives of this truly evil industry are banned from any public appearances.
Re: Petition: Stop Starvation Propagandist
Lydia Jade Turner, the courageous and dedicated (and telegenic) woman who created the petition to stop this diet-starvation propagandist from warping girls' minds at an educators' conference, recently appeared on the news in Australia and got the opportunity to face the woman who organized the conference and invited the CEO of the diet organization to speak.
It's a shame that Ms. Turner wasn't able to confront the diet CEO herself, but at least she was able to make her case before the Australian public and state how appalling this situation is. Ms. Turner makes her case very passionately and eloquently. She states, point blank, that "This is an industry that's killing girls." And it is.
Watch the woman who organized the conference squirm as she is asked to defend her decision. She refuses to even name the diet peddler's position as the head of a starvation company; instead she equivocates about what a "successful businesswoman" she is. What rot! "Successful" at profiting off women's misery! "Successful" at ruining the body image of young girls. That kind of "success" is something to be ashamed of. If anything, the diet CEO should be held up as an example NOT to follow, a warning to all business women never to sell out by working for such a toxic industry.
Here's the video:
The only downside is that the conference organizer, far from being persuaded to drop the diet CEO from its conference, seems sickeningly gleeful at the publicity she has garnered from the criticism. This is the damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't problem with any such campaigns. On the one hand, one MUST condemn intolerable situations such as this. But on the other hand, such controversies often only end up benefitting the malefactors, by giving them free publicity. The Catholic Church learned this dismal lesson long ago, when it saw that, by attempting to protest works of obscenity and perversion, it only ended up inadvertently promoting them.
I applaud Lydia Jade Turner for her noble efforts, and am now even more appalled at the crassness of the conference, both for inviting the diet CEO in the first place and now for gloating about the publicity that it has been given, rather than seriously considering the ethical implications of its actions.
In every way, this conference will be teaching its participants the wrong lesson.
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