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Poor body image is the curse of the teenage girl, and if we aren’t careful these demons can follow us into adult life. But how can we silence that critical voice inside our heads and learn to love ourselves just as we are?
This session will use positive reinforcement and pop culture imagery to challenge the idea that there is something ‘wrong’ with us. It will look at the historical and corporate interests that have taught girls and women to shrink ourselves instead of taking up space, and how the diet industry has capitalised on these tactics.
Most importantly, this session reinforces the message that all bodies are good bodies, and that the problem isn’t with how we look but with society’s unreasonable expectations – expectations that are designed to keep us unhappy so that we don’t become the powerful women we’re capable of being.
As someone with a long history of disordered eating and body dysmorphia, I have challenged myself over the years to change that damning narrative that plays inside my head. I want to encourage young women to love their bodies not for how they look, but for all the amazing things they can do. Studies have shown that people feel the most confident about their bodies when they’re engaged in a purpose – but so many girls and women deny their bodies these pleasures for fear of how they look. This session aims to change that.
There seems to be a lot of confusion around what constitutes consent. No might mean no, but what happens you never hear it? What if we radically changed the way we defined consent, and the securing of it? What if instead of fixating on whether or not someone is clearly saying ‘no’, we prioritised instead […]
In a patriarchal structure that prioritises the ideas and actions of men, the Official Woman acts as the chief of police against all other dissenting women. Perhaps you’ve met her – she’s the woman who claims to have no female friends; who sides with men in every situation rather than women; who laughs at the […]
If the media is a portal through which we see the world, how does the conspicuous absence of women and their voices skew how people experience the world around them? The statistics of gender representation in the media and pop culture are very revealing. For example: Only around 20-30% of visible mainstream media roles are […]