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February 1, 2007


Body Image Awareness Month Offers Film, "Genes" Drive, Art-Therapy Workshop

During February, Bryn Mawr's Body Image Council (BIC) will promote a healthy body image among members of the campus community with Eating Disorders Awareness Month. BIC will join a nationwide "Be Comfortable in Your Genes" campaign, sponsor several screenings of a short film in intimate settings and, for the first time, offer body-image art therapy with a licensed therapist.

BIC coordinator Laura Severance '07 says that the council aims to "promote acceptance and let people know that they don't have to buy into a conventional ideal of beauty." The "Be Comfortable in Your Genes" campaign is a clothing drive — community members are encouraged to divest themselves of jeans that no longer fit.

"Everybody has that pair of 'skinny jeans' in the back of the closet," Severance says. "They may be jeans that you wore when you were 12 years old, before you matured into an adult shape. The pun on 'genes' calls attention to the fact that body weight is to a large degree genetically determined. Instead of punishing yourself to try to fit back into those old jeans, give them to somebody who can use them." A box in the Campus Center will be the drop-off point for donations.

The Famine Within, a short documentary focusing on eating disorders, will be screened in four dorm living rooms over the course of next week. BIC members will host discussions after each screening. Show times and locations:

  • Monday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. in Rockefeller
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. in Erdman
  • Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. in Pem East
  • Thursday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. in Haffner

On Monday, Feb. 12, the Quita Woodward Room will be the site of a workshop at which participants will explore body-image issues through art. The event will be led by Nancy Lubow, a licensed art therapist and the director of Troubadors Inc., a company that offers a music-centered expressive arts approach to training mental health professionals in the nonverbal languages of music, movement and the visual arts.


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