“Give Girls Real Images of Girls”
May 4, 2012 • Nicole Pemberton, Opinion Writer
Filed under Opinion
When you look in a magazine, what do you see? I see models, pretty, unblemished women who are skinny as a rail. Women who see these images automatically believe that they have to look like this to be pretty. Most don’t even know these girls pictures are all fake, unrealistic versions of themselves. Yes, magazines photo shop and airbrush these pictures. So girls that read these magazines are aiming to look like someone whose looks aren’t even real, and it is causing low self-esteem, depression, and eating disorders. Do you want to see real women’s pictures in magazines? Do you want to be a part of changing how the media portrays women?
A girl named Julia Bluhm from Waterville, ME was so sick of seeing women showed this way and wanted to make a change. She said that she does ballet, and sees girls every day in the locker room cutting themselves down. Using terms like, “It’s a fat day.” Or “I ate well today, but I still feel fat.” Julia couldn’t stand it any longer, so she decided to do something about it. She started a Petition towards Seventeen Magazine’s staff to put one photo spread per month in their magazine, of real images of girls. A photo spread with pictures of girls that look like you and me. With no photo shopped, air brushed pictures, period. That’s all she asked for. So far 50,553 people out of 75,000 people have signed the online petition. She calls the petition “Give Girls Real Images of Girls”.
Are you sick of seeing women portrayed this way too? YOU CAN HELP. Right now, go to www. Change.org and sign the petition. You can make a difference. These pictures may just be the reason some girls have eating disorders, depression and low self-esteem. WE WANT PICTURES OF REAL GIRLS THAT LOOK LIKE US.