This year West Virginia University’s Gender Equality Movement, formerly FMLA, will celebrate Love Your Body Day during Diversity Week on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Love Your Body Day is sponsored by the National Organization for Women to fight back against media that teaches girls and women their bodies need to look a certain way. Love Your Body Day is a way to make people aware of the negative images of women all around us and encourage people to create their own positive images.

Love Your Body Day fits in with WVU’s Diversity Week because it ascertains that all women are different and there is no one standard of beauty. GEM will celebrate Love Your Body Day as well as Diversity Week on Wednesday, Oct. 19 with a panel of students and faculty from various countries titled “Discussion on International Body Image Norms and Ideals”. This event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Shenandoah Room of the Mountainlair.

Before the panel, GEM will have a booth in the Mountainlair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buttons and books will be for sale, with partial proceeds going to the National Eating Disorders Association.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, GEM will also be hosting a free movie, “Easy A,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Business and Economics building, room 458. The message of the movie is loving yourself despite what other people may think. Healthy snacks will be provided along with some surprises to help students unwind. Donations will also be accepted for NEDA during this event.

GEM, formerly FMLA, is a feminist activist organization committed to seeking full-fledged equality and the ending of all forms of oppression among all genders, all races, all classes, all sexualities, all abilities? all people. To get involved, contact WVUGEM@gmail.com or attend a meeting on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Cacapon Room of the Mountainlair.

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10/17/11

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CONTACT: Melissa Chesanko, GEM president
mchesank@mix.wvu.edu