Read what Britain’s thirteen year olds have been writing to the Prime Minister in 2013.

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Izzy
Dear Mr Cameron First of, I'd like to thank you for taking part in this campaign. I suppose being political leader of our country, you haven't got a great deal of time to "be interested in the musings of a 13 year old school girl." Something that really angers me about modern day Britain is the objectification of women. Everyday when I walk into a shop or turn on the TV, I'm surrounded by images of stick thin girls with flowing hair and impeccable good looks thrusting their perfectly formed bodies at the camera. These images come in the form of magazines, advertising campaigns, leaflets and almost any format imaginable. Often the woman's appearance isn't even directly relevant to the purpose of the particular media, but it appears that womanhood and good looks are joined at the hip in our society. There can be no doubt of the negative impacts this ruthless and continuous sexualisation has on the individual. It lowers girls self esteem and can often lead to eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia; both of these can prove fatal. Girls set unrealistically high expectations on their physical appearance and when these are no achieved they believe they aren't good enough and can often slip into cycles of of self-harm and depression, and in extreme cases contribute to suicide. I chose to bring up this issue because for some reason or another it is treated as a taboo. The issue affects almost every girl in the country, examples of it are plastered across the media, yet still it is not seen as a priority on a political or social scale. My examples may seem extreme but in the harsh reality of the situation they are anything but. Of course it is easy to complain about the current social systems but a lot harder to take any action against them. I aspire to be a politician myself, and I would hope to introduce new laws that would prevent this type of undercover fascism from consuming our country ever again. Maybe we should state that a percentage of women and men used in advertising should be over a certain BMI, have certain bodily imperfections and advertising campaigns and celebrity photos must state if the image has been altered eg airbrushed so the model appears to have a flawless complexion. All though these issues may not effect you on a personal level I hope, as the leader of our country, you can empathize with me and so many others, and help make a stand for what is right. Yours sincerely Izzy, aged 13

 

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