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Love Your Body Week

A week to promote body awareness and healthy body image at BC

Love Your Body Week (LYBW) is a week of programming dedicated to promoting healthy body image on the Boston College campus. The week is hosted every fall semester by the Women's Center and provides a time for students to consider their relationships with their bodies.

Programs aim to educate and provide resources about the following:
    •    Body image issues specific to certain groups of people due to race, class, or gender
    •    The media's influence on body image
    •    How to have a healthy and positive relationship with one's own body

The week culminates in a performative reading of "For Colored Girls," an adaptation of Ntozake Shange's 1975 coropoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.

After attending one or more LYBW activities, students will be better able to:
    •    Recognize what characterizes healthy and unhealthy relationships with one’s body
    •    Identify strategies and develop a motivation to build a healthier relationship with             one’s body and transform their way of thinking
    •    Evaluate the false and problematic ways that our society and media presents the             body and manipulates our understanding of beauty.

Love Your Body Week 2018: November 5 to 9.


Love Your Body Week Event Calendar 2018


Occupying Space: Bodies & Narratives

Location: 2150, 4th floor lounge

Time: 7-8:30pm

Join us for a film screening of an original film entitled "Occupying Space: bodies and narratives", as a part of a broader wooden stool series. This film was inspired by the 'stylelikeu' series on youtube. Eight BC students participated in a documentary style video portrait where they remove layers of clothing while sharing honest, empowering stories related to style, self-image and identity.


Body Image: Feelings, Thoughts, Beliefs & Behaviors

Location: Campion 300

Time: 12-1:15pm

Description: This event is a facilitated discussion and presentation with the Office of Health Promotion and the club “I am that girl.” surrounding the beliefs, thoughts, feelings and behaviors we harbor about our body image, especially pertaining to a college campus.


Imani Barbarin

Location: Higgins 310

Time: 6-7:30pm

Description: Imani Barbarin is an author and the creator of the website Crutches & Spice. A graduate of Eastern University with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in French from the Sorbonne, Imani Barbarin writes from the perspective of a black woman with Cerebral Palsy. She specializes in blogging, science fiction and memoir. At this event, she will talk about her story “as a disabled, black, fat woman” and the process of “finding self-love in a disabled or different body”. Imani will talk about why one doesn’t have to “overcome” any diagnosis but love oneself wholly, while loving oneself can come without loving a diagnosis or loving the treatment we get because of your status as part of a marginalized community. She will touch on how to get started in this process. We will then go into a Q&A with Imani’s questions for the group and their questions for Imani. Students are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time to, which will be made anonymous for Imani to answer.


Love All Bodies Adaptive Yoga

Location: Plex MPR

Time: 4-5pm

Description: This event is an all-inclusive yoga session that is open to everyone on campus. Our instructor has been trained and certified in teaching yoga to all, especially those affected by trauma in some way, shape or form. We hope this event give everyone a space to unwind from the stress of the week and get in-tune with their bodies and minds!


This Is My Body

Location: RSVP only

Time: 12:00pm-1:15pm

Love Your Body Week in collaboration with GLC will be providing a space exclusively for trans/non-binary students to discuss their relationships with their bodies and their experiences with body dysmorphia.


Casting Off the Negative: Racial Representations of the Body

Location: The McMullen Museum

Time: 6-7:30pm

During Love Your Body Week, the Women’s Center is hosting a gallery walk + talk through "Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement" at the McMullen Museum. The curators, Boston College English professor Robin Lydenberg and history of photography scholar Ash Anderson, will focus on the artist’s use of self-portraiture to cast off and renegotiate negative representations of race and gender in America. Guests are welcome to add to the discussion and ask questions along the way. Light refreshments will be served. Free; open to the public; register ahead of time at


For Colored Girls

Location: Cushing 001

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Love Your Body Week presents a performance of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. for colored girls is a series of selected poems that weave interconnected stories of love, empowerment, struggle and loss ultimately into a celebration of sisterhood.

Love Your Body Week Archives

Click below to learn about previous Love Your Body events!

2017 / 2016 / 201520142013  /  2012  /  2011  /  2010  /  2009  /  2008  /  2007  /  2006  /  2005    


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