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!