Secret: I have a connection for great websites! My (very cool) Aunt surfs around out there and gives me regular updates on sites that are speaking up with real, true, meaningful messages. Here are some of her latest finds:
I got to sit down to lunch today with Travis Stewart of the True Campaign. What an incredible privilege! I am such a fan of what they are doing with their young organization, and it was just awesome to listen to Travis talk about some of the True Campaign’s goals and plans. I hope to be able to work with them to further their cause and be a part of the changes they are making in how women in America view beauty, culture, and identity.
Are you interested in what the True Campaign has to say? Do you think there are people in your community who would attend a True Campaign conference or presentation? Do you want to be a part of the True Campaign movement? Take a look at their True Pact below and go to the True Campaign website to sign up!
Travis Stewart, co-founder of the True Campaign, will be in Omaha on Wednesday 9/10/08 to speak at Grace Reformed Church. Check out the flyer below for details and spread the word to your friends, your family, your church, your school, your office, and your gym!
This is an event for anyone and everyone who wants to learn more about the serious problems of eating disorders and negative self-image affecting American women and how to address these issues from a Christian perspective.
Apparently there are two awesome projects out there that call themselves “The Beautiful Women Project”!!
The Beautiful Women Project going on right here in the United States is a photo documentary project “challenging the traditional definition of beauty” in our culture. The artist, Nancy Bruno, is an accomplished photo-documentarian who uses her latest project to focus on the lives of 35 women and their unique experiences. Bruno has even developed this project into a book — check out the project’s gallery of photos for some truly beautiful and inspirational work.
Wow! Thanks to reader Nancy Bruno for bringing my attention to an amazing project going on with our sisters in Ontario, Canada!
In the group’s own words, the Beautiful Women Project “is a teaching and healing tool for women and girls, men and boys. The foundation of the project is a touring art exhibition of 120 clay torsos of real women, aged nineteen to ninety-one. The mission of this not-for-profit project is to raise awareness about the link between self-worth, self-identity and physical appearance.”
A portion of their website shows women who have survived breast cancer and made clay casts of their “reshaped” bodies — what an amazing expression of the strength and resilience of these survivors!
You can support the Beautiful Women Project by sponsoring an exhibition in a local art gallery or exhibition space, or partnering with local organization to bring the project to your community. What an excellent idea.
Create Radiance — “Empowering people to create radiant lives from the inside out” — lots of great thoughts related to positive body image and learning (or re-learning) to love yourself for the beautiful creature you are.
Eating Disorders Blogs — “Supporting recovery from bulimia, anorexia, and related issues” — a kind of “meta-blog” with links to blogs related to ED and ED-related issues. Also has newsletters, free articles, and a therapist directory.
On April 22, 2008 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill issued the following news release:
Three Out of Four American Women Have Disordered Eating
Sixty-five percent of American women between the ages of 25 and 45 report having disordered eating behaviors, according to the results of a new survey by SELF Magazine in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
An additional 10 percent of women report symptoms consistent with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, meaning that a total of 75 percent of all American women endorse some unhealthy thoughts, feelings or behaviors related to food or their bodies.
Check out the True Campaign and how they are working to set women free from this cultural epidemic that leads to chronic dieting, severe depression and self-hatred.