Wednesday, June 5, 2013

THE BODY LOVE CONFERENCE! IT'S HERE!



GUYZ ZOMG. It's finally here! We're finally to the point where we get to raise the funds for THE BODY LOVE CONFERENCEI'm gonna ask you to share the hell out of this campaign. I have learned that if you pour your heart and soul into something positive... the sky is the limit when it comes to the opportunities. That's the honest to god truth. SO, while this particular campaign may be for a one day conference... it wont end there. It is going to continue to impact lives and transform itself into a magnificent whirlwind of social change. And all of us can be a part of that. Now, on to the deets and a video wherein I make approximately 793 ridiculous faces (enjoy!):






The Body Love Conference (BLC) will be a high energy, positive and progressive event where women can come together to build a community in a supportive environment while participating in revolutionary presentations and workshops. Subjects covered in the conference will include: the history of the beauty myth, the concept of aging, post-birth bodies, how to alter clothing, body positive movement (yoga, burlesque, belly dancing etc.), self expression through writing, how to counteract self hate, and why it’s crucial to challenge social norms. The conference is to be held at the University of Arizona (Tucson, Az) in April of 2014, contingent on funding.


As women we see over 200 negative body image advertisements on television per day. This is a direct extension of a historical marketing scheme that was created to encourage women to purchase perfection. While this earns the weight loss industry billions of dollars every year, it comes at an extremely high cost to the rest of us. This marketing scheme is a large contributor towards major social ills we have today, including: depression, eating disorders, low self-esteem, poor relationship skills, suicide attempts and more.

Talking about this issue is a critical step towards a healthier and happier society, and I propose the perfect conversation starter is the Body Love Conference.


We need your support through donations!
We have started our goal at $10,000 which covers just the necessities of an event that will adequately host 150 women. Funds raised will be distributed into core areas of need: facility fees, catering costs, technology rental, travel necessities for keynote speaker, workshop materials, instructor compensation, resource sharing, potential scholarship funds, and miscellaneous taxes + fees.

IF WE WERE TO RAISE FUNDS BEYOND OUR INITIAL GOAL, we would be able to expand our dream conference and open up even more opportunities for participants! This conference will be as big as our funding allows, and you get to help us grow our movement into something truly monumental! Anything raised beyond the $10,000 will be used for additional seats, instructors, scholarships, materials, and resources as well as creating an online archive so that the entire world can view the presentations from the event.


We have 30 days to make this dream a reality; I know we will be successful!


Share this shit, and support this mission will ya? It's in all of our best interest to whip this world into body lovin' shape. I even made you a button for your cute little blog, if you're into that kind of thing.

The Militant Baker
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So many hugs and kisses,
Me

30 comments:

  1. How exciting! I'm going to whip up a post about this and share it all over the place--if only I was closer, I would love love love to attend!!!

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  2. jes, that sounds wonderful and beautiful and i am incredibly inspired. i had a bad day this morning and just watching this video made me feel positive again. as i live in berlin, germany, i guess i won't be able to attend as the flight would be too expensive. but thanks so much for all the work you put in planning this event. as i said, i am inspired and i will meet with my awesome girlfriends to think about how we can do something for ourselves to love our bodies.
    much love,
    meret

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  3. This is absolutely wonderful! Spreading the word as we speak! Em @ Freckled Rambler

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  4. Would love to promote this on twitter, are you on that site at all?
    Got a choice of 2 hashtags for you (unless you're already using one) either #BodyLove2014 or #BodyLoveConference2014 - any preference?

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  5. Supported! The badge is live on the site! Just wish I could come along! Maybe I should organize a similar event in the UK.

    Love Cass @cleverlittlebuttons

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  6. Oh man, this is right up my alley, I wish I could be there!!

    Heath
    http://www.leaveednow.blogspot.ca/

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  8. i've shared on FB, tweeted it and called my mom to tell her;)

    One question ..when you donate for let's say level 4, do you receive all the items from level 1, 2 and 3 as well? Just curious when it says "from Individual level above" if it means just the one above that or all the way down to level 1.

    You continue to be amazing. I love how fame has not changed you one bit - it's just given you a wider platform to share your fabulousness!

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    1. It does include everything from every level below it. :)

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  9. Cool! Poste and linked everywhere I can think of at the moment :D

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  10. I am posting this information on my blog for next week...what a wonderful idea!

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  11. Sharing the crap out of this for you!

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  12. Already added the button to my sidebar and I plan to write up a post about it today!

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  13. Hello Beautiful One, I will post this all over my pages and will be donating. ..I would love to come speak, I'm a PlusSize Life Coach and this is so Empowering. What will be the date for this conference. I'm so coming....

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  14. Shared on Facebook and Twitter, and I also posted about it on my website (http://www.untypicallyjia.com/2013/06/body-love-conference.html) and tumblr (http://untypicallyjia.tumblr.com/post/52243729947/body-love-conference).

    I will be contributing to the funds when I get a chance as well!

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  15. I love this so hard. I know precisely where I want to be next April (thank goodness for family in Tucson!), and I'm definitely going to be sharing this on my blog. I think things like this are so incredibly important, and this just sounds outright amazing!

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  16. Eff yeah! Will be posting about this soon.

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  17. Sharing on FB, and I'll be working something up for my blog over the next couple of days! MUCH love from a Big Australian mumma of two girls - I wonder how much it'd cost to get my arse to the US in a years time? Will exchange heavily accented jokes about Koala's for a place to crash Lol
    http://10percentinspired.com

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  18. Wow that sounds amazing! I'll link on my FB page and work something up for the blog at 10percentinspired.com, I wonder how much it'd cost to be a Big Aussie mumma like me to the US next year... will trade heavily accented jokes about Koala's for accommodation LoL

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  19. I've donated! And I've put the button on my blog. I wish I could attend the conference!

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  20. Going to definietly be writing something up on this for my blog and sharing the crap out of this! Love the concept, if only I could afford to go.

    xo Kristina Rose
    www.thewhimsicaldays.blogspot.com

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  21. Just a note from your deaf 15th baker babe: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE CAPTIONS!

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  22. This looks so amazing! Maybe if I have a big girl job by then I can make it down to the conference. I am excited to see where this goes!

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  23. What a fabulous idea! It will be good for BBW everywhere even if they can't attend. Sigh...I wish I could but work and funds make it impossible. I will however have this on my blog in a little bit and will share it everywhere! I know you'll reach your goal!

    Peace ~
    CJ Black

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  24. I absolutely love this idea! I think something like this, if it goes well, could go on to become an annual event - and I know East Coast girls like myself would love to have a conference of this kind hosted somewhere closer to home!

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  25. Have you thought about inviting the Fat Yogini to the speaker lineup? https://www.facebook.com/fatyogini?fref=ts
    Or the blogger, A Fat Girl and a Fat Horse? http://afatgirlafathorse.blogspot.com/

    Being active at any size is important!

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  26. Have you thought about inviting the Fat Yogini to the speaker lineup? https://www.facebook.com/fatyogini?fref=ts
    Or the blogger, A Fat Girl and a Fat Horse? http://afatgirlafathorse.blogspot.com/

    Being active at any size is important! (PS, I did contribute but forgot to share this when I completed my contribution)

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  27. Oh my goodness, Jess! I loved this video, because we get to see (and hear) you speaking! I always love when bloggers post videos so I can put a voice to the written words of their blog. And now I can do that for you : ] But can I just say you sound so much sweeter than I thought you would? haha! I was totally imaging this like bad-ass raspy-yet-sultry completely sarcasticly-toned voice. I'm so glad to know what you really sound like--yay!

    And as for the actual content of this post--pure awesomeness. I'd be happy to support this, and will definitely do so when my next paycheck comes in : ]

    Thanks for being so awesome and making things happen!!

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  28. Amazing things about this post, in order:

    1) You.
    2) That swimsuit. Seriously, it is amazing.
    3) The Golden Nugget, because all I've ever wanted was a swim up bar and a shark tank in my pool.

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