Way Each Word - 2021 - Website, Digital graphics, Posters, Cards, Stickers - Not for Sale
In recent years, there has been the rise of a new trend on social media called “Bo-Po” or “Body Positivity.” This movement aims to challenge narrow beauty ideals and encourage appreciation of bodies of all shapes and sizes. With this movement, many steps were taken in the right direction towards body positivity Online. Even so, the influx of positive comments and remarks are still focused on the body specifically, and this can sometimes do more harm than good. Body comments or body talk is complicated because the relationship people have with their bodies is more complex than just good or bad. We truly do not know what goes on in another person’s life or what goes on in their mind, so when it comes to saying something about someone’s body, we sometimes just shouldn’t say anything at all.
Overall, the body positivity movement needs to move in a direction that is more inclusive. One way we are able to achieve this is by adjusting our language centered around other’s bodies. The things we say have a powerful effect on someone both mentally and physically. There tends to be so much hate on social media nowadays, sometimes now more than ever. These hateful comments are usually geared towards other peoples’ bodies specifically, more-so towards people of marginalized bodies. Alternatively, we as a society tend to want to combat this negativity seen Online and leave body positive comments and compliments instead. However, the words we choose can sometimes be more harmful towards the person we intended it for than we imagined.
To be more inclusive in the body positivity movement, we need to address our current language system and change the way we think. My website will serve as my main touch point for this, as it will take you through an interactive quiz where you will determine just how body positive your language actually is. It will also shed light on why some comments are harmful, and why others are better suggestions. At the end of the quiz, you will be provided with a list of newly acquired body positive comments you can now use Online. My posters will serve as corresponding visuals to display bodies of all shapes and sizes alongside examples of my newly suggested body positive compliments that values all people and create benefits that are both psychological and physical.
I will have tiny takeaway cards people may take with them after viewing my project that will continue to remind them of the new language approach with new suggestions that we all can use to help be more inclusive in our language. These cards will also have a sticker attached with the phrase as well, so that you will be prompted with the opportunity to share a compliment with someone else, either with the card or the sticker.
Finally, I have created an Instagram account for my campaign that will be utilized as an effective platform to spread the campaign digitally, since it is an Online-focused campaign. In the end, I hope that my project will continue to reinforce the appreciation of bodies of all shapes and sizes by providing the information and tools needed to have a more body positive centered language.
If you wish to purchase any of these pieces, please contact the gallery director, Jacqueline Nathan (firstname.lastname@example.org.)