Two information sessions held in the dorms on Monday, Feb. 23 kicked off Love Your Body Week. Several RA's led these open sessions in Browning and GJW for students who wanted to discuss Love Your Body Week or anything else relating to women and body image. The RA's I spoke to were very pleased to have the opportunity to offer an open dialogue for Scripps women to speak their minds regarding women, body image and the media.
During the days following the Monday information sessions, the RA's had a body-gram kiosk set up outside of the dining hall—you may have noticed the colorful paper cut-outs sitting on the table in Seal Court, with RA's encouraging you to decorate one. Many students did indulge in giving their cut-outs some personality, then sent their decorated body-grams to their friends. The purpose of the body-grams wasn't specific; it offered students a chance to tell a friend she is gorgeous, or just to say hello.
The week ended with a discussion and screening of "Killing us Softly 3" (the third film in a series by Jean Kilbourne) at SCORE. The film reflects on Kilbourne's first two films about the depiction of the female body in the media, "Killing us Softly" (1979) and "Still Killing us Softly" (1987). The first film was revolutionary for its time, and many of the topics addressed are still relevant today. "Killing us Softly 3" looks at women in advertising over the past 20 years, taking note of what aspects have changed, and which have remained the same. She ultimately offers a way in which the viewer can become empowered and take action.
The purpose of Love Your Body Week is very open to interpretation, but at its heart the aim is a concentrated focus on positive change, a break from the often disheartening messages of and reactions to body image in today's culture. It's no coincidence that the week falls during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which represents a darker side to body image that many women are less inclined to talk about.
Love Your Body Week exists to tackle some serious issues, but is ultimately about celebrating your body and learning to respect and embrace it.