Cardinal Girls Told to “Love the Skin You’re In!”
Cardinal Girls told to “Love the Skin You’re In!” St. Charles College girls’ were told their voices and imaginations are far more important than being eye candy. Brie Mathers, a presenter who hails from small town Bracebridge but now spends winters in California delivered a presentation on Media Literacy and Body Image. Mathers says this message is needed for young girls now more than ever as a culture of self-objectification creates mental health issues such as disordred eating, anxiety and depression. Brie’s work speaks to media idealizations of women and the influence they are having on young women’s self perception, shifting the conversation to a focus on inner resilience and loving yourself, your body, and one another. The presentation was made available through a Speak Up Grant from the government aimed at creating confident girls who don’t concern themselves with negative body image. And it seemed to work. Wrote one participant in a follow-up evaluation: “This presentation made me feel like a strong, beautiful, independent young woman. I appreciate what you’re doing and I would like to help other girls feel as confident as I do today.” It also reached young women already struggling, inspiring them to attitudinal and behavioural change. During the presentation, Brie stopped the girls and implemented energy breaks.