Here's another article on the Australian charter:
I like what the charter is against. What a shame that it's so wrong-headed in what it's for. (I.e., it should be for
plus-size models, as a preferable alternative to the emaciation that it seeks to eradicate.)
The creators of the charter want fashion and the media
to refrain from digitally changing someone's body shape by techniques such as lengthening legs, carving into waists and altering entire body sizes. Ghoulishly thin models computer-clicked to look like doe eyed aliens are hopefully to be a thing of the past.
At least the writer acknowledges that straight-size models are
"ghoulish," not attractive, as the degenerate fashion elites claim they are. It's just a shame that since the charter is voluntary, it will likely be ineffective.
More interesting, perhaps, is the other part of the charter, which focuses on social influences:
The advisory group has also suggested that schools take a lead role in teaching children and young people about body image and associated media messages. The strategy contains a comprehensive checklist that schools can be guided by in creating a body-image-friendly environment which includes the development of a statement in school missions about providing a school environment that celebrates diversity, the inclusion of body-image-specific statements in anti-bullying policies to prohibit appearance-related teasing, and the training of teachers in the early identification of negative body image and eating disorders. The strategy also recommends that more information be made available to parents to assist and empower them in fostering positive self esteem and body image in their children.
Apart from the distracting political term "diversity," this is a good policy. Schools, parents, and peers are, indeed, a major part of the problem when it comes to girls and weight. No mother should ever, ever
deny her daughter food, let alone subject her to diet-starvation, or pressure her into torturing herself in a gym-prison. And preventing sadistic teachers from approaching the issue of weight in anything but a positive way would be a major benefit. The unthinkable abuse that some schools perpetrate of actually weighing female students must be stopped at all cost. (I still can't believe that this happens; but it does.)
So overall, this charter contains some good elements, at least in areas outside of fashion. What a shame that it is sorely deficient in addressing the most significant problem of all: the lack of glamorous images of beautiful plus-size models and celebrities.