Love Your Body programming in the Women’s Center is inspired by the National Organization of Women annual Love Your Body Day Campaigns. At NC State, our goal is to create opportunities that encourage the campus community to challenge how society views bodies of varying shapes, sizes, genders, races, abilities and backgrounds. Through Love Your Body Day Programming, we recognize what systems affect our perception of our own and others bodies and how we can change them.
This year we are excited to announce that Love Your Body Day is a collaboration between the Women’s Center and GLBT Center for Pride Week to highlight Queer and non-binary body representation.“Bodies on Display: How to Engage in Evolving Self-Love with Pride” strives to analyze visual mediums and artifacts representing queer and non-binary bodies and their impact. This theme was created to open discussion about the uneven representation of queer bodies in visual mediums as well as communicate about how to use the same mediums as a way to show self-love. The mission of this year’s Love Your Body Day Summit is to think critically about the impact of limited representation and create a space to defy the current depiction.
This year we will discuss Lawrence Pirelli’s framework from Rhetoric’s of Display in analyzing bodies in visual medium. We are also proud to present this year’s keynote speaker, Lachlan Watson (they/them). Lachlan Watson is a young non-binary actor and model. Some of their work includes Theo from Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Human Rights Campaign speaking, and Zalando’s newest campaign, “Luxury on Your Own Terms”. They will speak on lived-experience as a queer individual represented in visual mediums and how to use visual mediums as a form of self-love.
- Gain a better ability to analyze everyday media artifacts and images and their impact on the depiction and display of bodies and discourse and visual representation
- Establish a deeper awareness of their visual environment and how to analyze their surroundings and in addition to be able to evaluate their own images or post and how they promote body positivity
- Compare and contrast images regarding queer and non-binary representation for their intersectional depiction of bodies in media and the accompanying rhetoric
- Think critically about gender binary and queer bodies and how it is reflected in media through identifying visual and general tropes related to queer, disabled, poc, and non-binary bodies and individuals
- Challenge gender binary and body standards through narrative analysis of stories told by and/or depicted by queer and non-binary individuals