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.
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So many hugs and kisses,