Feminism Friday: Body image workshop?

As an end to my week of body-related posts, I thought I’d mention a rough idea that’s been knocking around in my head recently. I know many women who are comfortable with the way they look, and many others have an issue with their body. What if one group could help the other? I am considering creating a workshop to try and help women who need some body confidence… but am also wondering if I am perhaps oversimplifying a rather thorny issue.

My basic concept as it stands right now would involve a cozy and private location, friendly introductions, a group discussion on the issues everyone feels they are facing, some trying on of clothes (to analyse how they fit and also the suitability of styles), a discussion about how size is just a number, and something at the end to help steer everyone in a new direction. Baring as much as you dare might work – whichever body part bothers you most or even down to your undies – if the group is working well together, or perhaps simply some compliment giving. I hated my knees until Mademoiselle Robot pointed out to me that everyone’s knees look like that! Sometimes small things can make a difference.

Is this something worth trying, or is it perhaps best left to the experts?

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  1. I think this sounds like an excellent idea and it's definitely something I'd be up for coming to. Sometimes, just having someone tell you that somethings normal/not as bad as you think can make all the difference 🙂

  2. I think this is a great idea. I'm fortunate enough to have reached the state of mind in which I reckon I am (almost entirely!) gorgeous 😉 but I wonder if that very confidence might be unhelpful? Would love to pass some of it on however works best 😀

  3. As one of the body hating women, I think it's certainly worth trying. Why not? It's unlikely to make anyone feel worse. Also, don't think there are any 'experts'!

  4. So far, my planning for this has extended to an informal discussion on the subject, with friends, scheduled for Monday 19th December. I shall let you know if any more comes of it.

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