The KU Women’s Center invites you to celebrate National Love Your Body Day today, Tuesday, October 20, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Student Union Building’s Multipurpose Room.
Organized by the National Organization for Women (NOW), Love Your Body Day is a day for women to accept and love themselves for who they are. In this day and age of the media showing us women with bodies that are impossible for us to ever attain, either because they are entirely too thin or Photoshopped to remove imperfections, it is important for us to take a step back to be happy with ourselves, and to enjoy that fact that women come in all kinds of beautiful shapes and sizes.
Although this day is geared toward women, it’s important for men to come out and support the women in their lives. Men can also take away a lesson in how to learn to love themselves for who they are, and to be happy with their bodies.
Here is the schedule of events, taken from the Love Your Body Day Facebook page:
All Day Events
Information available on the benefits of chocolate, ingredients in makeup, condoms, STDs, healthy eating and snacks, cosmetic surgery, tobacco awareness, bra-sizing, breast cancer, and more! Other all-day events include an interactive, collaborative Love Your Body Day banner, making “positive thoughts” mirror stickers and tissue paper flowers.
10 – 11 a.m.
Professor Walke, Instructor/Associate Director of Act 101, offers an introduction to Yoga through a series of sun salutations.
Attraction’s Tell-Tale Signs
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Discusses how body language plays a role in attraction, dating, and relationships. With a reported 93% of communication coming from body language, learn how each part of the body and face can show you if someone is attracted to you.
Youthful You Institute of Lehigh Valley Health Network
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Learn safe sun habits and sun damage prevention tips to keep your skin beautiful and healthy. The UV facial analysis machine, as seen in recent skincare commercials, shows a detailed report of skin damage from the sun.
Goddesses Have Hips
11 a.m. – Noon
Embrace the goddess in you! Presented by Planned Parenthood, this program emphasizes positive body image and self-esteem.
The Doll Project
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
A lively presentation from Denise DiJoseph focusing on the time-honored and controversial fashion icon – the Barbie doll – and its positive empowerment by reminding us that we are all unique works of art. DiJoseph explains how participants chose their artistic muse based on personal attributes and interests to produce altered Barbies that express realistic body image and messages of social change. The presentation shares original journal entries and prototype dolls and includes an exhibit of sculptural and assembled works by DiJoseph and students from girls’ clubs and teens residing at the Chester County Youth Center shelter and detention facilities.
3 – 4 p.m.
This year’s featured film, PicturePerfect explores the impact of the media on young women’s physical, psychological, and emotional health.
To learn more about any of the topics discussed at Love Your Body Day, check out the books in the Rohrbach Library and in the Women’s Center lending library. There are also plenty of great articles on these topics in the Rohrbach Library databases. Come in and ask a reference librarian how you can learn more about women’s health.