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As this article explains, Barney's of New York is going to be running a holiday ad in which Minnie Mouse dreams of herself in Paris, with various other Disney characters joining her as models. The picture above is how Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck will appear.
Let's all remember what Minnie Mouse usually looks like:
The article also has a link to a petition to stop Barney's from running this ad on change.org. If you go there, they list some shocking figures about children and body image:
•47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures.
• 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape.
• 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner.
• 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat.
They're all pretty sad, but the third bullet point about 1st-3rd grade girls really depressed me. At that age the only thing you should be worried about is if it'll rain and you can't go outside for recess. I hope Barney's realizes the negative effects their ad could have on girls who view it.