A program inspired by National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Love Your Body Week at Boston College began in 2004 and was originally called “Start a Revolution…Love your Body.” This week’s effort promotes healthy body image as well as the importance for one to have a healthy relationship with his or her body. The media sets unrealistic standards for what it means to be “beautiful;” Love Your Body Week aims to quiet those standards and celebrate the unique beauty of all persons.
There are so many ways to be beautiful, all of which have nothing to do with the number on the scale or what we see in the mirror. Allowing ourselves to break free from comparisons to others and from the unattainable guidelines from the media is incredibly liberating.
– Emma Moriarty, College of Arts & Sciences ‘14
To fulfill the goals of Love Your Body Week, the planning committee arranged for a number of events this week with the help of representatives from various groups on campus to cater to the widest audience of the Boston College community.
Monday: November 11, 2013
“BC IGNITES” Fulton 511: 8 p.m
Selected student speakers will discuss their outlook on individual body image. The attendees will reflect on their personal relationship with their body.
Tuesday: November 12, 2013
“A Man for Others” Fulton Honors Library: 5 p.m.
A discussion of the unrealistic expectations of a male student attending Boston College. Dr. Michael Addis aims to cover the various pressures associated with a college male and have the attendees reflect on the flexibility of masculinity.
Wednesday: November 13, 2013
“Beauty: The Real Beast” Fulton 135: 12 p.m.
This event, run by Professor Bonnie Rudner, taps into how the media affects one’s perception of “beauty” and what it means to be “beautiful.” Scenes from the renowned Disney movies will be shown to acknowledge how the media affects one’s body image.
“Supersexed” Cushing Hall 001, 7:30 p.m.
An event run by Gail Dines that focuses on the hypersexualization of women and girls and how our modern media has desensitized us to this culture. Dines will discuss how the media influences the decisions of women everyday and will allow for women to reflect on their relationship with their sexuality.
Thursday: November 14, 2013
“Fat Talk” Fulton 511, 7 p.m.
A discussion run by Dr. Renee Engeln regarding the regularity of slander associated with people being overweight. Engeln will focus on the negative affects of this slander on one’s body image and gather various ways to reduce “fat talk.”
Friday: November 15, 2013
“Would You Double-Tap that?” Stokes 203S, 12 p.m.
A lunchtime discussion run by Professor Shawn McGuffey demonstrating the manipulation of photos in the media culture. He will use actual photos of students and examine the artificial association with “white-washing.”
“The Good Body” Cushing 001, 7 p.m.
A student performance directed by Eve Ensler that will demonstrate and promote healthy body image.
Visit the Love Your Body Week website for more information.Images via. Gavel Media.