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Ed

« on: March 20, 2012, 12:03 »
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I'm all for combating eating disorders, but having to provide a medical report to photographers is a bit over the top.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/20/israel-bans-underweight-models_n_1366435.html?ref=style


« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2012, 13:04 »
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So if the pendulum of what's desirable swung back to where it had been a few centuries back where curvaceous women were the ideal, would we have some handwringing in the legislatures of the world about the dangers of encouraging obesity?

Anyone who takes advertising seriously is going to be taken for a massive ride - everything about it is pushing a totally fake, largely idealized "reality" to get people to buy more "stuff". Legislating healthier weight for models won't do squat to help that.

And as far as eating disorders, I think there's a fair amount of research connecting those to depression and other mood disorders, so you won't fix those by changing models (IOW the eating disorder is a symptom, not the core problem).

So back to one of my basic premises - most politicians are idiots (or at least act like idiots while in office) :)

wut

« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2012, 13:31 »
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I'm all for combating eating disorders, but having to provide a medical report to photographers is a bit over the top.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/20/israel-bans-underweight-models_n_1366435.html?ref=style


It's a tiny country and a tiny market, it's insignificant for MS contributors. I wouldn't worry for a second if I were you ;)

BTW I think it's definitely a step in the right direction, trying to out anorexic, bony models. It's unhealthy and they look terrible as well, 99% of men don't find that type of women sexy anyway

RacePhoto

« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2012, 14:14 »
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So if the pendulum of what's desirable swung back to where it had been a few centuries back where curvaceous women were the ideal, would we have some handwringing in the legislatures of the world about the dangers of encouraging obesity?

Anyone who takes advertising seriously is going to be taken for a massive ride - everything about it is pushing a totally fake, largely idealized "reality" to get people to buy more "stuff". Legislating healthier weight for models won't do squat to help that.

And as far as eating disorders, I think there's a fair amount of research connecting those to depression and other mood disorders, so you won't fix those by changing models (IOW the eating disorder is a symptom, not the core problem).

So back to one of my basic premises - most politicians are idiots (or at least act like idiots while in office) :)

I resisted posting but now that you did and hit four for four a Home Run. Yes, I agree 100% with your viewpoint.

Ed

« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2012, 14:22 »
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My concern is that this could spread.  I know the state of Arizona is considering Photoshop legislation as well (as if they didn't have other major problems).

A law requiring medical reports could void huge collections at stock photo libraries.  I think it's something to keep an eye on.

lisafx

« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2012, 18:49 »
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Seems like a doctor's note is a bit extreme.  I am all for promoting healthy images of women, but surely you can look at a model and see if she is dangerously underweight.  If not, surely a scale would suffice? 

« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2012, 19:29 »
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Knowing the way government operates I fear that photographers will soon need to submit a psychiatric release proving that selling images for pennies is not a mental disability that buyers are taking advantage of.


 

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