Saturday, October 13, 2012

Minnie Mouse at 5'11" and size 0

From Ragen Chastain:
Lenny -

What's the world coming to when we're telling little girls that Minnie Mouse is too fat? Believe it or not, that's exactly what the department store Barney's is doing.

For a holiday window display, Barney's and Disney have agreed to showcase Minnie Mouse wearing a designer dress -- and distorted so she looks like she's 5'11" and size 0.

I work with kids who have eating disorders, so I'm not exaggerating when I say the message this sends is deadly. According to one study, hospitalization for children younger than 12 with eating disorders went up 119% from 1999 to 2006. Younger than 12.

Studies warn again and again of the dangers of promoting an unrealistic body image. 81% of 10-year-old girls say they're afraid of being fat, and 47% of girls in 5th-12th grade say they want to be thinner because of the pictures they see in magazines.

There is nothing wrong with tall, thin women. There is something wrong with changing a beloved children’s character’s body so that it looks good in a dress that almost nobody looks good in.

Earlier this year, Seventeen magazine agreed to stop photoshopping all models after 75,000 people signed a petition asking them to do so on I know that if enough people sign my petition, we can convince Barney's and Disney not to distort Minnie Mouse to make her look tall and skinny.

Thank you,
Ragen Chastain
Los Angeles, California

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