Mississippi Middle School Offered Shapewear To Teen Girls Suffering From “Body Image” Issues

  • Southaven Middle School gave girls a letter to give their parents explaining that, under a new program, “shapewear, bras, and other health products” would be provided to girls suffering from body image problems.
  • In a letter titled: “Why do girls suffer from body image?” the school explained that female body image is a “product of personal, social and cultural experiences, and often emerges as a desire to adhere to an ‘ideal’ body shape.”
  • “I’m appalled at the fact that they are trying to fix ‘negative body image’ by sending home SHAPEWEAR!” a mother tweeted about the letter sent home with her 8th-grade daughter.

Chelsea Ritschel from The Independent writes:

“A middle school has cancelled its plan to provide female students with shapewear for “body image” concerns after backlash from parents.

On Tuesday, Southaven Middle School, in Mississippi, sent girls who attend the school home with a letter for their parents, in which the school’s counsellors explained that, under a new program, “shapewear, bras, and other health products” would be provided to girls suffering with body image issues.

In the letter, titled: “Why do girls suffer from body image?” the school began by defining body image, before noting that female body image is a “product of personal, social and cultural experiences, and often emerges as a desire to adhere to an ‘ideal’ body shape” and that girls are more likely than boys to have negative body image.

The letter, which was shared online by Ashley Heun, the parent of an eighth-grader at the school, then went on to describe the negative impacts of poor body image…”

See full story here.



Categories: Education, Society, WTF?

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: