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Love Your Body: Host an 'Indulgence' Party
Host an 'indulgence' party: Encourage guests to wear whatever makes them feel goodsweat suits, flip flops, pajamasand serve delicious, decadent foods or silly snacks without the guilt. A party is a great way to let your friends know about the Love Your Body campaign. A house party can be your "action" or a celebration at the end of a long day of actions and activities.
Make a list of the people you would like to invite: family, friends, co-workers, professors/teachers, classmates, neighbors.
Call them with the details or send an invitation.
You can ask everyone to bring something or they can make a donation at the door to cover costs.
This should be a fun evening: a potluck dinner, dessert extravaganza, pizza free-for-all, build your own taco, barbeque, popcorn and other snacks, or even a formal meal.
Place your information/fact sheets, petitions, stickers, offensive magazine ads, any local information you've collected, and your "DonationsThank You!" container on a table. Ask a friend to hand out information, collect signatures and donations (or sell raffle chances).
This is also a time to talk about the dayand to watch a video! May we suggest "Redefining Liberation" or "Hollywood's Smoke & Mirrors."
After the video, have a discussion about advertising. Ask your guests what ads or images they find offensive, which TV shows they won't watch, which movie did they walk out of, which video game was returned due to violence against women. Later, let us know your results!
Discuss how to stay aware and active. Create a campus or community task force on advertising, join your chapter task force or create one.
Feel isolated? Your house party is a great time to start a Body Buddy groupa safe place to talk about your body image issues, take walks, climb mountains, shop, play softball, create healthy meals, eat popcorn and watch a video, explore your feelings, paint your nails, paint a picture, or vent. Meet once a week, set your own rulesjust do it with your friends.
As your group grows, invite professionals (that you've researched and interviewed) to share ideas with the group. And don't forget to plan for next year's Love Your Body Day!
Have a raffle. Sell chances to win a body-positive prize*donated from a local merchant, organization, or family member. It can be something hand-made by you or a talented person you know, or maybe a white elephant surprisesomething you no longer want that is in good shape. Just make sure it's wrapped and ready to be raffled. Have fun: It can be a squirt gun or a day at an amusement park, a lollipop or a CD (be sure to put it in a big box)!
Donations from local merchants are great for campus and community events. They will help pay for the cost of your event, give the merchant free advertising, and give attendees a chance to win prizes!
* This gathering should be the springboard for a year of self-love. Resolve to work together to maintain positive attitudes toward your body and the bodies of other women.
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