Beauty through the eye of a camera

Isabelle Caro, a 27-year-old French woman, has battled anorexia for 15 years. (image courtesy Nolita)

Isabelle Caro, a 27-year-old French woman, has battled anorexia for 15 years. (image courtesy Nolita)

In April, Paris drafted a voluntary charter encouraging advertisers to promote a wider range of body types in an effort to curb the spread of eating disorders among teenagers. Soon, Quebec may be following suit. Although some countries have made weight ranges mandatory, such as Spain, this voluntary measure is a first step that does not preclude the possibility of legislation passing in the future. See the full story here.

Here in Canada we’ve already seen some advertisers looking to promote a wider range body types. The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty is a conspicuous one that has received much attention. Largely, I think, this is due to the shock value that half-naked non-models on billboards will inevitably provide in a culture where images of bodies in public are edited beyond recognition. Continue reading

What Sorts of Laws? Finding the Gaps

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force on May 3, 2008. In order to clarify the potential impact of that Convention’s articles, the National Council on Disability (NCD) is pleased to release: Finding the Gaps: A Comparative Analysis of Disability Laws in the United States to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This independent analysis was commissioned by NCD to help increase understanding of how the CRPD varies from, or is consistent with, U.S. disability laws. We hope that it will prove to be a useful tool as those responsible for determining public policy on possible support or ratification of this treaty grapple with the relative merits of that choice.
The document can be found here .

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