Girls’ Brigade supported the ‘Send me nudes’ petition because we’re passionate about turning up the volume of hope for girls and helping them live life to the full.
The petition was launched by Girls’ Brigade England & Wales’ President Rachel Gardner asking Missguided to remove a ‘Send me nudes’ sign in their Kent store. It received over 9,000 signatures and was featured by Evening Standard, Cosmopolitan and Daily Telegraph. On Monday, Missguided announced that it was removing the neon sign from the store.
GB members have told us that sexting is an issue that impacts them. Jazz, 20, from 1st Hawkwell shares ‘With the influence of social media, young people are under so much pressure to look and act a certain way.’ And Megan, 16, from 1st Hawkwell adds ‘Living in a culture where there's a pressure to send people "nude pictures" can be really challenging because you're made to look like an outsider just for saying no.’
In our GB groups and projects across the country, we’re cultivating a culture of worth and dignity for all of God’s people especially girls contrary to popular culture’s increasing sexual objectification of them.
Although the petition has now been closed, there's more you can do to educate yourself about the issue of sexting and the increasingly sexualisation of popular culture that surrounds us all and is impacting the lives of girls in our care.
Here’s some useful articles and resources:
Claire says 'Girls’ Brigade England & Wales believes it's time for a new hope-filled narrative for girls. Girls and women have so much more to give to the world than just their naked bodies. As a leader and a parent, you have a powerful role of advocating with and for girls every day in your words and actions. Together, standing side by side, let’s continue to create a culture of worth for all.'
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