So. The Body Love Conference, originating with Jes of The Militant Baker, happened in my town this past Saturday.
Not gonna lie, I had my ticket secured for months. For one, yes, body image and body respect (some days, yes, I find it really difficult to talk about body love) are intensely important to me; For two, this was actually happening in my place of residence. For what it's worth, I live in Tucson, Arizona: While it's a great place for me and I am supremely grateful for a lot of the community groups here, when it comes to events on a national scale, it can feel like nothing ever happens here. Everything happens in Phoenix or Los Angeles or San Diego instead. But this was happening here.
Really, this was happening ten minutes from my house. So I donated enough to the crowdfunding campaign to secure a ticket, and I made up my mind to go.
Here is my quick recap of the conference overall, but I would like to write about some of my breakout sessions a little more in depth. The only complications with this are: 1) I am super busy and will not have time to start any writing until April 18, when I start my spring break; 2) even then, I will likely only be able to write up 2 of the 4 breakout sessions I attended (just due to time constraints).
So I put it to VPers -- which sessions would you most like to see as future MMMMonday posts?
Which Body Love Conference sessions should I write up for future MMMMondays?
Body Love Yoga: An All Level Yoga Class
Learning to Love Your Body After Sexual Assault
Hire a Size Friendly Provider & TAKE CHARGE of Your Healthcare!
Hip To Be Crip: Intersections of Sexuality & Disability
If you are interested, I am also going to detail some of my personal perceptions on this below the spoiler cut. Certainly only read if you want, but I know that for some people, it can be helpful to know not just what the session was called but how it actually went.
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- Body Love Yoga: An All Level Yoga Class -- This is what I would call a nice 101-level body positive yoga class. I can explain what was really great about it from that perspective as well as -- as someone who's coming from a different perspective -- what left me wanting more.
- Learning to Love Your Body After Sexual Assault -- A goodly portion of this remains bound by some confidentiality. As in, we spent a fair bit of the time sharing personal stories which I promised not to -- and which I will not -- share. There is a post to be made out of the overall group discussion, but there is some significant content that will be edited out.
- Hire a Size Friendly Provider & TAKE CHARGE of Your Healthcare! -- I think this one has a lot to offer a variety of people. Yes, "people of size," as the presenter termed it, but also anyone wanting compassionate care. I discovered a number of practical tips that could be used alone or in conjunction with one another.
- Hip To Be Crip: Intersections of Sexuality & Disability -- Shanna is awesome, and you want me to write about this. If you are a disability advocate, someone who is disabled, a sex-positive person, or even someone who is just abstractly interested in how society perceives sex and sexuality... you really, really want me to write about this.
Overall, I can say this:
- It was awesome.
- There were a wide variety of offerings. For each session time slot, I had to choose between at least two offerings that both appealed to me on a personal level
- All of the sessions I attended were good overall, with the understanding that the difference between "good" and "stellar" depends a lot on appealing to different groups of people.
But please vote, and please feel free to ask questions -- before or after voting -- in the comments!