Stop Hating Your Body: A New Teen Room Display

My last display, which was made of LGBTQ-related infographics and Tumblr pictures, actually went over way better than I thought it would. I had an icky feeling that it would be vandalized or that people would be muttering homophobic slurs. Though there was some sort of related vandalism (not cool, teens), I was surprised to find many teens and tweens actually reading the display. No nasty comments. They just stopped walking and read all the different messages on the display. I have no idea if they agreed with the sentiments or not, but I hope someone learned something new or discovered that their library is LGBTQ-friendly.

I felt that the display, though simple in construction, was successful. It wasn’t just visual noise. People were paying attention. So, I’m going to replace it every month or so with a new topic. Next up: Body Image/Body Acceptance. 

I admittedly have lots of body image problems, though I’m working on them. It was worse when I was a teenager. At least, I’d like to think I have a healthier attitude about my body now that I’m older. I am a huge Tumblr lurker, and while I’m totally troubled by this “thigh gap” crap (if you don’t know what a thigh gap is, don’t Google it. You’ll be happier not knowing), I am also thrilled to see so many tweens, teens, and otherwise having rational and informed conversations about body image and fat acceptance. I wanted to bring the conversation over to Brooklyn tweens and teens.

I started this display before I left for a week’s staycation. Here’s what I started before I left:

Yeah. It's pink. Shut up.
Yeah. It’s pink. Shut up.
I had a *really* hard time finding pictures that featured men. If you have any advice on how to make this display more diverse, I’m listening.

Ugh, this woman is such a badass.

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Like the last display, this one will be three panels when finished.

What do you think? It’s a touchy subject for people. I hear so many ill-informed comments from people regarding weight and diet. I just wanted to touch on something that they might not be learning about in school. It’s not as cut and dry as fat=unhealthy or skinny=healthy. I also want to work on broadening people’s horizons regarding what is attractive and what isn’t.

Until next time…

~Love and Libraries, Ingrid

14 thoughts on “Stop Hating Your Body: A New Teen Room Display

  1. Monica

    Here’s some ideas:

    For guys, take a look at GQ and Men’s Health. Notice that models are either RIPPED or skinny emo guys. Maybe point out the actors that look like “regular guys?” (Think: King of Queens and a lot of comedic actors, though a few have recently slimmed down.) Guys get a lot of encouragement to have these killer abs and muscles, so some bulk up with steroids or unhealthy diets/exercise.

    Don’t forget the skinny girls! I would love an illustration with a fat girl, skinny girl, and in-between, with a caption like: “Which of these girls is sick from her weight? Who cares?” Something like that, but better 🙂 I’ve heard from some skinny girls who get a lot of “eat a sandwich”, etc. when they are just naturally thin.

    1. I’m pretty much looking for pre-made visuals, already explained by the artist.

      You can’t really see the whole illustration, but the red headed skinny girl calls herself “awesome sized”…I have more skinny/thinner girls in the display. I had a really easy time finding diverse body types as far as the women went. It was nice to see.

      As far as the men, though, one image…Which is too bad.

  2. I think this is AWESOME! If nothing else, you’re putting something out there that can make people think about not only themselves, but how they see other people. And who knows – this could be just the thing that encourages someone to treat themselves more kindly. 🙂

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