Rachel Rodgers PhD: - Stamp of Reality - While a large majority of images shown in the media have been digitally modified in order to conform to the socially promoted “thin-ideal”, exposure to images of ultra-thin models has been shown to be associated with body dissatisfaction, disordered eating and increased negative affectt. A “stamp of reality” would enable media consumers to actively take control over the type of content they want. Promoting a label guaranteeing real bodies that clearly identifies products free from air-brushing would contribute to make these products more desirable. Furthermore, they would enable consumers to actively help promote the use of images that have not been digitally modified by preferring those with the stamp. It would also serve as a standard of quality and a visual reminder of the benefits to be derived from the promotion of real and diverse body types and encourage acceptance and appreciation of other kinds of beauty. In this way, the creation of a “reality stamp” would actively contribute to positive body-activism and enhance the self-efficacy of individuals in terms of impacting media representations of the female body.
Amy Benson: - Body Outlaw - I propose creating a new theatre piece about the body outlaw experience in our culture. This play will be performed in several US cities along with activism and community-building activities to create a new holiday-Body Rebel Day. The performance, tentatively titled The Body Rebel Monologues, will be made up of short pieces written by transgendered people, fat people,disabled people and other people who live outside the mainstream beauty standard. Body Rebel Day will be a celebration of all the acts of defiance against our body toxic culture that body outlaws commit every day.
Deb Lemire: - Body Size Diversity Training for Medical Students - Studies show a significant negative bias toward larger patients when the go for a doctor’s visit. The Association for Size Diversity and Health advocates for bringing awareness of body size diversity, the impact of discrimination and knowledge of a Health At Every SizeSM approach to wellness to the training for medical doctors.