16 November 2010

Call for Stories: Body Image Awareness Week

Post date: 16 November 2010
Deadline: 25 November 2010

The week of November 29 - December 3, WhateverNation will be hosting a week long campaign devoted to body image. Much like the anti-bullying campaign, we will be asking for your guest posts and insights. Please email me at stefanie(at)ooph(dot)com with your story.

We have partnered with the peeps over at Blogger Body Calendar. Their message?

Those of us participating in the Blogger Body Calendar project believe in promoting healthy body image. Young women (and men!) are bombarded every day with messages that their self-worth correlates to the size of their jeans or bras. We are proud of our bodies and aren't afraid to show you in the calendar! All proceeds (after printing costs) will go to the National Eating Disorders Association.

You can follow them on Twitter: @BBC2011

Your posts can be your own story. A story about your child. It can be your thoughts about body image, the effect you think media has on us and our tweens and teens. Your thoughts on airbrushing (those bastards are screwing with us). We will be discussing eating disorders, cutting and other destructive behaviors associated with a negative self image.

This isn’t just about girls. How has your son has been affected? Does he dislike his body? Steroids in teens are on the rise. The need to me be muscular and bulky is very important to high school athletes. How does your son view girls? Is the media creating boys that expect perfection in women? What ways have you changed your own behavior because you realized the negative impact it was having on your own children.

As with the anti-bullying campaign, you may submit your post anonymously. Guest posts should be around 400-700 words. If you choose not to do the story anonymously and would like a link to your own blog in the post, please include your url. All guest posts must be received by Thursday, November 25th.

More information here.
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