France Outlaws Inciting Extreme Thinness

French lawmakers have passed a bill that would outlaw inciting thin behavior, thus obviating the old rule that one can’t be too rich or too thin.

France Outlaws Inciting Thinness A model presents an ensemble by French fashion house Guy Laroche, during the presentation of its Spring-Summer 2007 ready to wear collection in Paris, in this Oct. 7, 2006 file photo. France's lower house of parliament adopted a groundbreaking bill Tuesday April 15, 2008 that would make it illegal for anyone including fashion magazines, advertisers and Web sites to publicly incite extreme thinness. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File) The French parliament’s lower house adopted a groundbreaking bill Tuesday that would make it illegal for anyone — including fashion magazines, advertisers and Web sites — to publicly incite extreme thinness. The National Assembly approved the bill in a series of votes Tuesday, after the legislation won unanimous support from the ruling conservative UMP party. It goes to the Senate in the coming weeks.

Fashion industry experts said that, if passed, the law would be the strongest of its kind anywhere. Leaders in French couture are opposed to the idea of legal boundaries on beauty standards.

The bill was the latest and strongest of measures proposed after the 2006 anorexia-linked death of a Brazilian model prompted efforts throughout the international fashion industry to address the repercussions of using ultra-thin models. Conservative lawmaker Valery Boyer, author of the law, argued that encouraging anorexia or severe weight loss should be punishable in court.

I’m afraid I still take my counsel on this issue from George Carlin (NSFW).

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Comments

  1. Bithead says:

    In what alternate Universe is this kind of thing attractive?

    I would have thought this kind of thing wouldn’t need to be regulated out of existance.