Thursday, October 11, 2018
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Sky View Room, 6th Floor, MacAlister Hall
The body is referred to as a lot of things: a machine, a temple, a wonderland, and even a battleground. As individuals, we exert a lot of energy concerned over our bodies' health and whether or not we look normal or healthy. As a culture, the body is highly contested. What is an "ideal" body? Should we look to models and bodybuilders as examples of health? Do shows about plastic surgery encourage cosmetic consumption? Why do we like watching Dr. Pimple Popper? During the Obama administration, the First Lady's advocated for health and combatting the obesity epidemic, while at the same time an emerging body positivity movement grew stronger. Social media profiles and communities centered around health at any weight, body acceptance, and self-care have become powerful advocates for reframing the body. There is a tension about health and beauty. How do we promote "wellness" while also advocating "acceptance"? This panel seeks to address these tensions we experience on how we treat, how we present, and how we negotiate ideas surrounding "good" bodies.