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Body Positivity

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Pleasant Hill - Main University Campus 100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

June 7, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Each speaker for John F. Kennedy University’s Thursday Soapbox offers listeners and audience members a lens to view the world around them through which they may not have viewed it before. In our upcoming installment with Leyla Eraslan, an expressive arts associate therapist, we will view the world through the lens of bodies, exploring our relationship to our own and other’s bodies, as well as the unconscious biases that may be affecting these relationships.

As a larger-bodied person, Eraslan explains that for a long time she noticed that she did not see her body type reflected in the world around her. In the media, it was only ever portrayed in a negative light. Eventually, Eraslan discovered that she was not alone, and that there is a whole community out there devoted to what is known as body positivity. “Body positivity means that all bodies deserve respect and care, including bodies that are typically targeted and oppressed. All bodies are good bodies,” says Eraslan.

The philosophy of body positivity is more than just a personal stance for those whose bodies have been deemed atypical or invisible by society. Instead, noticing and questioning the things we take for granted about our own bodies and the bodies around us becomes, according to Eraslan, a political stance, with the potential to change the world for the better. Join us and take this opportunity to see things in a way you may not have looked at them before.