March 18, 2021
Melinda Tankard Reist is a writer, speaker and a huge campaigner and advocate for women and girls. She co-founded Collective Shout and shares her thoughts on the effects of advertising and the fashion industry on our girls as well as the conversations we need to be having with our daughters. It also was a reminder to me as to why I started The Teen Age as an alternative for girls who are looking for something that's comfortable and practical.
I remember trying to buy bathers for my youngest, who was tall and big boned (and strong!). After visiting five clothing stores and finding nothing suitable, she asked, with tears in her eyes: “Why do these shops hate girls like me so much?”
It is very difficult to challenge current trends which emphasise specificparts of the body, and draw attention to sexual characteristics. Forgirls who don’t conform to idealised stereotypes of how women’sbodies should look, it is a nightmare.
BodyMatters Australasia (founded by two of Melinda's colleagues) run a clinic for those suffering with eating disorders and have been involved in some great advocacy and campaigns against fat-shaming, stigma and the diet industry.
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