PRESENTATIONS



Body Image & Eating Disorders
 

Filters Are the New Photoshop – How #BodyGoals BS Hurts Our Self-Esteem: We know when we see a model in a magazine that her image has been manipulated, and we know that film and music stars don’t actually "wake up like this." But why don’t we apply that same logic to Instagram or Snapchat? Why do we believe that these images – cherrypicked, cropped, and filtered – are real life? This presentation will cut through all of the confusing clutter to bring us face-to-face with how we really feel about #bodygoals, empowering us to push back against the beauty standards perpetuated by social media.

"I'd Rather Be Dead Than Be Fat" – How the Thin Ideal Hurts Us All, But Not All the Same: So much as whisper the phrase "thin privilege," and you're sure to make people upset. After all, we're all socialized under unattainable beauty standards that make our lives a living hell – and it sucks to be told that your life might still be easier than others'. But that's the truth: Thin privilege exists, and we need to acknowledge that before we can tackle it. This presentation – which uses grounded examples, lots of multimedia, and plenty of humor – is a fantastic introduction to what thin privilege is, and what it isn't, inviting the audience to the edge of their comfort zone without creating a tense environment.

Reclaiming Our Bodies, Our Sexuality, Our Lives – Exploring Female Sexuality Through Five BS Body Myths: In a society where women are constantly told that their sexuality exists for male consumption, there can be a lot of confusion about what to do with feelings of attraction and arousal. To complicate this further, women are often made to feel ashamed and disgusted by their bodies, leading to a disconnect between the emotional and the physical. This seminar, which focuses on five ways that women are taught to hate and distrust their bodies, works to bust myths and educate women about their bodies and their feelings in a feminist, sex-positive way.

Nurturing Imperfect Recovery in the Real World: Eating disorder recovery isn't easy. And while most resources tell you that you need to practice self-care, almost none give you the tools to actually do it. But what happens when we forget to take care of ourselves in the midst of working toward improving our relationships with food, fitness, and our bodies? This presentation starts with an overview of what eating disorders are, moves into a conversation about what recovery looks like, and then offers practical advice for how to begin an intentional self-care practice, tailored specifically to eating disorder recovery.

Restriction & Repression – Women with Anorexia Nervosa as a Special Population in Sexuality: Eating disorders don't only affect your relationship with food and your body – they change your entire existence, sexuality included. But because both eating disorders and sexuality are such taboo topics, it's almost impossible to get the lowdown on their intersection. In this presentation, the Circles of Sexuality model is used to unpack the many ways that sexuality is impacted by anorexia nervosa (and vice versa) for a more holistic view of women with eating disorders.


Feminism & Activism
 

Why Feminism? Why Now? – An Introduction to the Movement and Why It Matters Still Today: Often, when people stand against feminism, it’s because they’re simply not sure what the movement advocates for or what makes it relevant in 2017. This presentation – which uses grounded examples, lots of multimedia, and plenty of humor – is a fantastic introduction to what feminism means today, including explanations of concepts such as patriarchy, intersectionality, and privilege that push the audience to the edge of their comfort zone without creating a tense environment. If you’re looking to bring a quick and fun “Feminism 101” presentation to your audience, this is the one.

Self-Care for Online SJWs IRL: Activism is hard work. And for most of us that do it for a living, we also know that it’s mostly selfless work. But what happens when we forget to take care of ourselves in the midst of working toward social change? This presentation invites participants to explore what makes their activism exhausting and offers practical advice for how to engage in intentional self-care as a daily practice. For a preview, check out this article.

So You Think You Can Blog – An Online Social Justice Writing Primer: Remember when you were a kid and the thought of being a Famous Writer sounded really fun? Now you're an adult, and you see your friends' writing careers taking off, while that WordPress account you signed up for is gathering proverbial dust. Grab a pen (or a keyboard) and let's dive into what it means to make a career (or hobby) in feminist writing online, brought to you by the Managing Editor of the largest independent feminist media site in the world.

Lights, Camera, YouTube – A Social Justice Video Blogging Primer: Who needs cable when you have YouTube – the ultimate source of all things cats and feminism? And a what a great place to get started with your public activism! The problem is that making a YouTube video isn't as easy as picking up a camera and rambling some stuff to edit later. It takes forethought and some know-how, especially if you've never been on-screen before. Let's learn what makes a video successful – in terms of both technicality and emotionality – so that you can start vlogging today.

Media Literacy 101 – How Pop Culture Seduces You into Gender Roles: This presentation, which outlines the media’s influence on how we see ourselves and others, includes clips from Miss Representation and Tough Guise to inform a discussion around what society and the media tells us it means to express masculinity and femininity. With a healthy dose of unpacking how the media operates and how to analyze our entertainment consumption, this presentation serves to help audience members start thinking critically about media and asking important questions in order to be conscious consumers, while using a gender focus. For a preview, check out this video.

Capitalism Sucks, But... – Marketing Yourself as a Feminist Professional: Awesome. You've got your fancy new career in feminism (or you're working toward one), but you have no idea how to market yourself so that others know where to find you and what your expertise is. Uh oh. This presentation guides the audience through the processes of branding and networking to create a foundation of memorable professionalism to get that career off of the ground.


Sex & Relationships
 

Bleeding Love – Pop Music and the Normalization of Dating Violence: Listen closely to Top 40 radio, and what you find may surprise and disturb you. At every turn, we’re being inundated with messages and images that normalize (and even romanticize) unhealthy and abusive dating behaviors, from obsession and possessiveness to stalking. This interactive presentation gives an introduction to the dynamics of intimate partner violence and then uses pop culture – including an epic takedown (with love) of Taylor Swift – to highlight how ubiquitous harmful messages about sex and dating truly are.

Reclaiming Our Bodies, Our Sexuality, Our Lives – Exploring Female Sexuality Through Five BS Body Myths: In a society where women are constantly told that their sexuality exists for male consumption, there can be a lot of confusion about what to do with feelings of attraction and arousal. To complicate this further, women are often made to feel ashamed and disgusted by their bodies, leading to a disconnect between the emotional and the physical. This seminar, which focuses on five ways that women are taught to hate and distrust their bodies, works to bust myths and educate women about their bodies and their feelings in a feminist, sex-positive way.

Restriction & Repression – Women with Anorexia Nervosa as a Special Population in Sexuality: Eating disorders don't only affect your relationship with food and your body – they change your entire existence, sexuality included. But because both eating disorders and sexuality are such taboo topics, it's almost impossible to get the lowdown on their intersection. In this presentation, the Circles of Sexuality model is used to unpack the many ways that sexuality is impacted by anorexia nervosa (and vice versa) for a more holistic view of women with eating disorders.

Selling Sex – Marketing Yourself as a Sexuality Professional: Awesome. You've got your fancy new career in sexuality (or you're working toward one), but you have no idea how to market yourself so that others know where to find you and what your expertise is. Uh oh. This presentation guides the audience through the processes of branding and networking to create a foundation of memorable professionalism to get that career off of the ground.


Media Literacy
 

Media Literacy 101 – How Pop Culture Seduces You into Gender Roles: This presentation, which outlines the media’s influence on how we see ourselves and others, includes clips from Miss Representation and Tough Guise to inform a discussion around what society and the media tells us it means to express masculinity and femininity. With a healthy dose of unpacking how the media operates and how to analyze our entertainment consumption, this presentation serves to help audience members start thinking critically about media and asking important questions in order to be conscious consumers, while using a gender focus. For a preview, check out this video.

Bleeding Love – Pop Music and the Normalization of Dating Violence: Listen closely to Top 40 radio, and what you find may surprise and disturb you. At every turn, we’re being inundated with messages and images that normalize (and even romanticize) unhealthy and abusive dating behaviors, from obsession and possessiveness to stalking. This interactive presentation gives an introduction to the dynamics of intimate partner violence and then uses pop culture – including an epic takedown (with love) of Taylor Swift – to highlight how ubiquitous harmful messages about sex and dating truly are.

Filters Are the New Photoshop – How #BodyGoals BS Hurts Our Self-Esteem: We know when we see a model in a magazine that her image has been manipulated, and we know that film and music stars don’t actually "wake up like this." But why don’t we apply that same logic to Instagram or Snapchat? Why do we believe that these images – cherrypicked, cropped, and filtered – are real life? This presentation will cut through all of the confusing clutter to bring us face-to-face with how we really feel about #bodygoals, empowering us to push back against the beauty standards perpetuated by social media.

So You Think You Can Blog – An Online Social Justice Writing Primer: Remember when you were a kid and the thought of being a Famous Writer sounded really fun? Now you're an adult, and you see your friends' writing careers taking off, while that WordPress account you signed up for is gathering proverbial dust. Grab a pen (or a keyboard) and let's dive into what it means to make a career (or hobby) in feminist writing online, brought to you by the Managing Editor of the largest independent feminist media site in the world.

Lights, Camera, YouTube – A Social Justice Video Blogging Primer: Who needs cable when you have YouTube – the ultimate source of all things cats and feminism? And a what a great place to get started with your public activism! The problem is that making a YouTube video isn't as easy as picking up a camera and rambling some stuff to edit later. It takes forethought and some know-how, especially if you've never been on-screen before. Let's learn what makes a video successful – in terms of both technicality and emotionality – so that you can start vlogging today.