Today is the 15th annual Love Your Body Day, a day dedicated to promoting positive body image for women nationwide. Love Your Body Day was created as a part of the National Organization for Women (NOW) Foundation’s Love Your Body Campaign to combat unhealthy ideals of beauty portrayed in the media.
According to the NOW Foundation, 80% of U.S. women are dissatisfied with their physical appearance (NOW Foundation’s Love Your Body Campaign, 2012). The Love Your Body Campaign aims to significantly reduce this percentage by encouraging women and girls to challenge the media’s depiction of beauty. Learn more about the campaign here:
Love Your Body Day advocates for more inclusive representations of womanhood, including women of various “sizes, colors, ages, ethnicities, abilities and gender presentations” (Love Your Body Day Turns 15, 2012). Want to celebrate Love Your Body Day? Check out the resources below:
- Learn 10 ways to love your body
- Read the 2012 Love Your Body Survey Results
- Find out what you can do to spread the word
Also, if you’re interested in learning more about how media affects women’s feelings about their bodies and creates an unrealistic “ideal”, check out the film Miss Representation and the student-facilitated media literacy workshop, “The Naked Truth: How the Media Shapes Us” which will be offered on October 30th from 6:00-7:30 in the Genome Science Building, room G010, sponsored and hosted by the Carolina Women’s Center as a part of Relationship Violence Awareness Month.
Love Your Body Day Turns 15!. (n.d.). National Organization for Women (NOW). Retrieved October 12, 2012, from http://now.org/nnt/fall-2012/posters.html
NOW Foundation’s Love Your Body Campaign. (n.d.). NOW Foundation’s Love Your Body Campaign. Retrieved October 11, 2012, from http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org/