On Saturday 20th September, Katy Gordon, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Glasgow North, called for the party’s Federal conference to tackle the negative impacts of body image pressure by supporting the Real Women policy paper.
She said that the paper, which aims, among other things, to tackle the unattainable body images presented to young women in fashion and beauty magazines, were ‘not about banning airbrushing’ but ‘working with industry regulators to… help women make informed choices’.
When discussing the policy paper with women from Glasgow’s North West Women’s Centre, Katy said, all the women independently suggested the proposals outlined in the paper. It is clear then that the paper is not, she said, simply ‘do-gooding liberals getting worked up over trivia’, but a way of ‘standing up for those who can’t speak for themselves… pressing for action when to do nothing would cause more harm.’
Update: Some great comments on Katy’s speech on Neil Stockley’s blog, here.