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14 December 2005 @ 04:01 pm
Body Image Fair  
If you heard about a body image fair, a gathering with booths and workshops and activities in support of loving your body, would you want to attend? How much would you be willing to pay? What kinds of workshops would you like to attend? What kind of businesses would you like to know about in terms of their being supportive of your positive body image and treating your body--and you--with respect?

I've been thinking about creating a business directory of businesses that pledge to honor women of all sizes, colors, abilities in terms of their body type, and perhaps even issue a certificate if they host an awareness raising class around these issues. That led to thinking it would be a cool thing to have a body image fair where the business owners, health practitioners and others could network with prospective customers as well as have workshops for women on a variety of body image related issues, such as self defense, assertiveness training, health and exercise, etc. I thought we could have seated-massage booths, henna art, clothes and jewelry designed for large women, etc., and end it all with entertainment, if I could get Fat Lip Readers' Theater it would be perfect.

Of course there are a lot of things to consider, how to structure the relationship with businesses that have booths and advertise as sponsors, where to do it, advertising money, etc.

I'm not sure how much the whole thing would cost. But it would be incredible, garner a lot of pubicity for my services and create an enthusiastic market, enable me to gather names and contact info of interested customers for future events and workshops, and generally jump start the positive body images of all the women in my area. I believe I can enlist the assistance of a woman at my workplace who does marketing and has organized events similar to that before, who does freelance consulting.

I'm also trying to figure out what kind of logo to use for the body image part of my related businesses. What says body image to you? I know someone who used an image of a woman who was half nude but facing away, looking like she was in a despairing mood. I think I'd rather focus on the "after" stage where the woman is now happy with her image, or show acceptance of a variety of body types. When I was involved with the body image task force I had the idea to take the varied size goddess images we used on our flyers and make them into a t-shirt. I wonder if I should use something like that?

I would really appreciate feedback!
A radiant bundle of fascinating contradictions: yellowdalbino83 on December 15th, 2005 05:01 am (UTC)
See if you can get a belly dancer to give a lesson at the fair.
hysteriatongueofdust on December 15th, 2005 06:37 am (UTC)
wow - this is an absolutely beautiful idea! if something like this were to be offered in my area, i would be there, for sure.

price: i think offering a sliding scale would be very important, just to emphasize the inclusiveness of the fair... i would be willing to pay $10, or much more - depending on what all is offered.

workshops: i appreciate both political and fun workshops... anything dealing with the body as politic, the body image of womyn in our society, etc... any sort of workship deconstructing that sort of thing would be great to do with a positive group of womyn. also, fun things - like hand drumming classes, which is a great form of self-expression... and health related workshops, too - about eating healthy for one's body type. that would rock.

about the logo... i immediately visualized the typical image of the goddess, nice & big & round & fat, with a smaller goddess within her, and another within her, etc etc, to reflect all the many different body types, from very skinny to big & fat...

i think it's important to emphasize that health... that personality... are what make a body sexy. all bodies, every body - each shape & size.

this project will be totally amazing.
Tapatitapati on December 16th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you (both), I really appreciate the feedback. I'm also getting some from my forum members and will talk to my friends in RL and my current co-worker who has organized fairs and workshops before. I've worked at them in conjunction with college organizations and nonprofits before, but never produced one and saw all the pieces that go into a fair. I know it's an enormous undertaking and I am hoping that working on my health in January will really enable me to take this on.
sarafoopsarafoop on December 27th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
These folks are local, and this is right up their alley - they helped put on Love Your Body Day last year and I bet they would be totally into something like this.

Tapatitapati on December 29th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)
oh cool!
I saw one of their magazines and thought it was really great. I'd forgotten about them! Thanks for the link. Once my job is finished up I will have time to start networking.