Love Your Body Week
Love Your Body Week (LYBW) was inspired by the National Organization of Women's Love Your Body Day and is sponsored by KEWL.
This past academic year, LYBW was held during the week of March 23-27, 2009. It should be held around the same time every year.
- To raise awareness about women's issues, such as body image, self-esteem, eating disorders, sexual assault, and relationships
- To inspire the members of our community to acknowledge and address the grave problems facing our students
- Media Day - to shed light on the way television, magazines, and other media have distorted society's perception of the "ideal body"
- Reproductive Health Day - to educate female students about their reproductive health, and the many choices available to them
- Indulgence Day - a day to shed all the make-up, jewelry, and fancy clothes masking our true selves, a time to embrace who we are and what we stand for, a chance to enjoy the pleasures of life that we sometimes deny ourselves
- Post Secret Campaign. KEWL distributed collection boxes throughout campus, in which anybody could deposit a post card bearing a secret that had never been revealed before. The secret could be about anything from confessions of bodily insecurity to ruminations about gender relations to jubilation over cherished body parts. KEWL collected over 300 of these cards and displayed them in the main stairwell of the Commons.
- Invited speakers on topics of interest. In 2009, Dr. David Novack from the Sociology Department spoke about the way magazine advertisements constantly depict women as weak, inferior, and purely sexual objects.
Post Secrets on Display
KEWL has the Post Secrets in an artistic exhibit in Leyburn Library, in the display areas across from the Information Desk, through October.
See the WGS events calendar for more information about the upcoming LYBW.
Content Contributor: Grace Wang