Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Love Your Body Day (Activism)

Last week I did my activism project; Love Your Body Day. At first I was nervous that no one would come because most people won't talk about their body in a positive way, but to my surprise, I had a pretty good turn out. I pasted out brochures that gave people facts about how the media has changed our idea of beauty and how it is not okay. In those brochures I gave them links to websites and I also gave people ideas on how they can try to stop Ads from photo shopping people, as well as negative ads. The brochures got some great feedback from people and the felt empowered to try to change the media. I also made a collage with the word beauty on it, inside the word I put pictures of the participants (with their permission) and around the word I had people write what they thought beauty meant, it is now hanging on campus. The last thing I did was ask people to write one thing they love about their body on blank name tags and wear them. I loved this name tag thing because after they wrote what they loved about their body, they totally rocked it, they felt confident about themselves and that was the whole point of my project. I think my message got across to people that beauty is diverse and we shouldn't judge each other's beauty based on what we see in the media. -Amber

Feminist Art: The feminist flower

Feminist Art
Below are Feminist Art Websites: › ... › Visual ArtsFeminist Art

Throughout the class we have learned MANY ways of feminist expression. A key element in expressing yourself is through art. My favorite feminist artist,  georgia o'keefe...
Georgia O'Keefe was born on 1887 and she died on 1986. She grew up in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She spent a few years working as a commercial artist in Chicago. Then she went to Texas to teach art. She married Alfred Stieglitg a famous photographer. He saw how talented she was and gave Georgia her first exhibition. O'Keefe paintings are realistic and abstract at the same time. She painted images of flowers, mountains, and skyscrapers. By the time she died in 1986 at the age of 99, she was recognized as the greatest American woman artist of the century. Then she moved to Mexico to paint her paintings.

Below are some examples of her work:



Inspired by her paintings I wanted to try some of my own:

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Love the body you were born in!

Someone in our Women's Studies Class chose to do her Activism Project on the Love Your Body Campaign  ( In result to her awesome presentation this past Monday in class, I became very interested in researching more into this topic. I thought I would share some of the very SHOCKING AND INTERESTING Statistics and Pictures I found:

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation was the number one cosmetic surgery in the country in 2011 with 307,000 women getting the procedure. This is a 4 percent increase from the previous year and a 45 percent increase from 2000.
Liposuction is the most popular form of cosmetic surgery among both men and women in the United States, with 283,735 procedures performed in 2009, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Introduced in the United States in 1982, liposuction popularity increased as refinements to the technique improved results and reduced recovery times. Thirty-eight percent more women had liposuction in 2009 than in 1997.
Below are a few famous people you may recognize from magazines or on TV:
This is what I found when I googled famous people photo shopped-

Why is it that we are using technology to make us look "beautiful" ... By using things such as Photo Shop we are setting ourselves up for failure in my opinion. The human body simply has blemishes so what... Imperfection = Perfection in my mind.
Below are results I found when looking up Plastic Surgery Before and After Photo's:

It is as if these beautiful unique women have been morphed by society into plastic dolls.
Below are Pictures of famous women with out make-up:

REMEMBER: Beauty is on the inside!

As I was searching all of these pictures I began having thousands of Questions such as,
How many women die of skin cancer from tanning a year?
*Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually
*Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon
*One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 57 minutes).
**Just one indoor tanning session per year in high school or college boosts the risk of basal cell carcinoma by 10 percent. That risk is increased to 73 percent if one tans six times per year.
**Indoor tanners have a 69 percent increased risk of early-onset basal cell carcinoma.
**Indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.29 Those who begin tanning before the age of 35 increase their melanoma risk by 87 percent
***Ten minutes in a sunbed matches the cancer-causing effects of 10 minutes in the Mediterranean summer sun
***Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is a proven human carcinogen
How many women die during plastic surgury proceedures each year?
**Since 1997, 36 people have died after cosmetic surgery in Florida ...JUST IN FLORIDA.
How many women die from eating disorders annually?
  • It is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder – seven million women and one million men
  • One in 200 American women suffers from anorexia
  • Two to three in 100 American women suffers from bulimia
  • Nearly half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder (Note: One in five Americans suffers from mental illnesses.)
  • An estimated 10 – 15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are males

  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
  • A study by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders reported that 5 – 10% of anorexics die within 10 years after contracting the disease; 18-20% of anorexics will be dead after 20 years and only 30 – 40% ever fully recover
  • The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for females 15 – 24 years old.
  • 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems


    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    Royalty Moves Forward for Women

    For centuries gender has been a key element within the laws of British Royalty. The decision of naming the next successor in line for the thrown  and down the line of Royalty have been solely based upon gender. The male has always taken a Royalty position over and above a female... BUT IT ALL CHANGES NOW!
    Kate Middleton and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge married on the 29th of April, 2011.
    Now Breaking NEWS tells us the two are happy to announce they are expecting a baby!
    Royal Family Tree:
    Usually in the Royal family the first son will take the next leading role of succession, but due to the new Law, no matter the gender of Kate and Williams child .. it will fall in front of Prince Harry (Williams Brother) which is 3rd in the line of the Royal family. Also if William and Kate have twins which there is much speculation that they are, the first born NO MATTER THE GENDER, will take the role as successor to William.

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    Way to go Great Britian, I bet Diana would be proud!!