When was the last time you thought positively about your body? Can you remember a time when you just owned your body and thought, “Yeah, I’ve got this?” For most people, trying to come to terms with the way they view their bodies is difficult and poses a daily struggle. That’s part of the reason for the Oct. 24-26 event Love Your Body Week, hosted by Feminists United for Sexual Equality (F.U.S.E).
Over the course of three days, F.U.S.E tabled and held an open mic on the patio to promote body positivity. The tabling event included discussions about societal pressures we all face, condom giveaways, filling out “I Love My _” stickers and writing down what you most like about your body. According to Lindsey Sifred, a senior and the president of F.U.S.E, Love Your Body Week is about “promoting body positivity through challenging that there is a standard of beauty that everyone has to achieve.”
The event’s message is mostly geared toward women but is as Sifred pointed out “body positivity is for everyone, regardless of gender.”
Society tends to only acknowledge a single standard of beauty and make women in particular ashamed of their bodies. By hosting events like this, F.U.S.E hopes to “draw attention to the unfair standards placed upon women by the media and society.” Love Your Body Week has been an annual event for around five years and coincides this year with SexFest. While the two are related through body health and F.U.S.E is also involved in SexFest, it was not scheduled back-to-back on purpose.
The open mic held on Friday included a stage where people could sing, jam, or slam anything they wanted to about body image. There was a table where you could cut out pictures from magazines to represent the pressure society puts onto women to become an unattainable standard of beauty. The open mic was short because not many people showed up and it seemed not many people were aware of it in the first place.
Though Love Your Body Week seemed to be forgotten by much of campus, the event still had a positive message.
Sophomore Abiola Akanni said he thought Love Your Body Week was “a good experience because students were willing to be honest and have fun with it,” and the main message he took away from F.U.S.E was to “love your body no matter what.”