I’ve had my own body image struggles, mostly stemming from being bullied in school. The first time I wrote a piece for The Guardian a commenter called me ugly below the line, which was removed of course, but still reminded me that some still think that my worth as a woman is entirely based on what I look like and what I produce or contribute doesn’t matter. I worked as a youth worker for some time and I despaired of the messages that young girls were taking on board about their female bodies and their value. This is why we need feminism now as much as we ever did.
Our guest bloggers and writers will be discussing a range of topics, from their own personal experiences with body image to critical examination of how advertising and the media treat women’s bodies and what messages we are given about them. There are a lot of assumptions made about women and our relationships with our bodies, so much so in fact that we are not always trusted to know when something is wrong with them, as one of our authors found out when she was assumed by professionals to have an eating disorder, delaying diagnosis of a serious condition.
We encourage our readers to participate and as ever, if you have an idea for a body image related blog or a subject you’d like covered in this series then please send it to [email protected] and we will take a look and get back to you. Body image doesn’t just affect women either, so we encourage men to write in about their experiences and/or thoughts on this topic.
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The series starts tomorrow, Sunday 6th September, so look out for the first blog!