Black, Brown, Vocal:
Practicing Body Positivity whilst Black!
+++ For members of the black community +++
Our bodies are our vehicles within which we navigate our experiences. We experience racism on and through our bodies, often because of our bodies. This adds a layer of complexity in our relationship towards our body. At a communal level we take great pride in our appearance but underneath that there is a deep-seated unhappiness as demonstrated by pervasive practices of skin-bleaching for example. Whilst skin bleaching is an extreme example, body dissatisfaction at any extreme can be disempowering. This can mirror our relationship to our bodies at a personal level. It it time to be honest about this discrepancy between how we want to others to perceive us - as happy with our bodies - and how we actually perceive our bodies - a dissatisfaction with our body. And with this acknowledgment it is time to realize that body positivity is important and completely possible with time and patience. This is a chance to discuss openly about how racism influences how we perceive and relate to our own bodies, and to discuss the various complications of practicing body positivity whilst Black. Please join.
!!! The following rules are applicable due to Corona ristrictions: Maximum number of participants: 10 to ensure 1.5m distance. All particpants must wear a face mask (can be removed while seated). Disinfectant will be provided. Unfortunately no beverages will be served, please cater for yourself.
+++ For members of the Black community +++
With the term "For members of the Black community" we would like to point out that these workshops and events are aimed exclusively at people who position themselves as Black. That means people who are part of the African diaspora, those who experience anti- Black- racism and are categorized as non-white / Black by the white population. In order to give racially discriminated Black people an opportunity to articulate their thoughts within a "safe space", without experiencing exclusion and avoiding the paternalism of a majority of non-Black participants, we create certain spaces exclusively.
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