Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bod Squad Petition

Being a youth pastor's wife I keep up with christian organizations that put out product relating to teens. One of them is the Pure Freedom and Secret Keeper Girl. In an email I received this week they informed us of a petition that they will present to the fashion industry on making young girls clothes age-appropriate and modest! I have copied and pasted the next few paragraphs from their website for you. I encourage you if you want to try and see the clothing industry change then please go sign this petition!!


In 2009, Dannah Gresh and The Bod Squad (that’s you) will present a petition to both the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Apparel and Footwear Manufacturer's Association. We hope that as a result Women’s Wear Daily, the global “bible” of the fashion industry, will cover the petition and tell the entire fashion world. Dannah has been interviewed twice by the magazine to discuss the industries marketing of sensual clothing to tweens. She has their ear, but she needs your support to send them a clear message.Will you join The Bod Squad?

It has been endorsed by New York Times Best-selling author Donna VanLiere, founder of Virtuous Reality Ministries Vicki Courtney, internationally known speaker and book author Leslie Ludy, co-host of “The Messenger” TV program Lisa Bevere, bestselling author, speaker, and nationally-syndicated newspaper columnist Shaunti Feldhahn, co-founder of FamilyLife Barbara Rainey, President/Founder of Moms In Touch International Fern Nichols, and Christian recording artist Stephanie Smith.

The Bod Squad Petition: We believe that the fashion industry is pressuring little girls to grow up too fast! The findings of two years of study by an APA (American Psychological Association) task force state that clothing, which makes girls appear older, and the associated marketing efforts are linked to eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression. Ironically, this early sexualization presented to young girls also has “negative consequences on girls’ ability to develop healthy sexuality.” We would like to request that industry leaders send a message to the fashion industry that mothers want to purchase age-appropriate clothing for our little girls and would like the fashion industry to evaluate the clothing they design and the messages they send to our daughters through advertising.

View the Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls http://www.apa.org/pi/wpo/sexualizationrep.pdf

Just click HERE, or the post title to sign the petition!