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Love Your Body Day Philadelphia!
Sick of fashion magazines telling you you’re too fat? Tired of the endless pressure to diet? Come to Love Your Body Day and celebrate your own real beauty! We’ll be making pages for a zine about our experiences learning to live with and love our bodies. No artistic talent required! Come out, have fun, get creative and celebrate on Sunday, October 21, 2007 from 11 am to 2:30 pm.
The A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave.
I’m part of organizing this workshop, and I hope any of you all (male, female and/or otherwise identified) will consider coming out to be a part of it!
Love Your Body Day was originally conceived by the National Organization for Women, about ten years ago, with a focus on protesting sexism and unrealistic beauty standards in advertising. It’s since grown well beyond the buttoned-down confines of NOW, and feminist groups on campuses and in neighborhood around the country participate with various activities.
How does this relate to a blog about real food? Glad you asked, my friends.
We live in a society where women and even young girls (and, increasingly, men as well) are encouraged to diet their way to the “perfect” body– and we don’t get to define what “perfect” means. Instead we are bombarded with ads featuring emaciated models and impossibly plastic bodies. Those who don’t live up to that ideal (in other words, the vast majority) are told that we are fat, ugly, and worthless. As a result, eating disorders have skyrocketed, and women in particular spend their lives dieting, buying beauty products and trying desperately to look the way we’re told to look.
Don’t take it from me: here are some stats from the Eating Disorders Council:
• 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner
• 45% of boys and girls in grades 3-6 want to be thinner
• 37% have already dieted
• 6.9% score in the eating disorder range
• 51% of 9-10 year old girls feel better about themselves when dieting
• 9% of 9 year olds have vomited to lose weight
• 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat
• 53% of 13 year old girls are unhappy with their bodies
• 78% of 18 year old girls are unhappy with their bodies
• The #1 wish of girls 11-17 years old is to lose weight
And all that dieting doesn’t come without a price, either, according to the British Medical Journal, since
adolescent girls who diet even ‘moderately’ are five times more likely to become anorexic or bulimic than those who do not diet. Those on strict (‘severe’) diets are eighteen times more likely to develop an eating disorder.
It’s not just about dieting, either. People of color are constantly either made to feel ugly or exoticed by a beauty standard that’s skewed in favor of whiteness. (I recommend reading the Angry Black Woman’s post on black women and natural hair for a great discussion on this issue– or, really, just read the whole blog, it’s excellent.) People with disabilities and chronic illnesses are excluded, as are people who don’t easily fit into gender categories. And the list goes on and on.
The facts are depressing, but Love Your Body Day will not be! This is a celebratory event, a chance to get creative and have fun talking/writing/drawing about your experiences and your beauty. People of all genders, sizes, ethnicities and levels of artistic talents (personally, I have none!) are welcome. I hope you’ll come out and join us in celebrating real beauty of all kinds!