Western culture’s emphasis on stereotypes of women and girls, and thinness as the beauty ideal, is a risk factor for depression, negative mood and self-esteem, and eating disorders.
95 percent of girls want to lose weight.
Teenage girls who read articles about dieting are five times more likely to take extreme weight-loss measures five years later than girls who do not read such articles.
Body image and eating disturbances contribute to higher levels of depression in adolescent girls.
About-Face’s vision is for women and girls to lead full lives, unconstrained by a preoccupation with appearance and body image, and for media representations of women and girls to be gender-balanced or gender-neutral.
To move toward our vision, About-Face improves girls’ and women’ self-esteem and body image through equipping them with tools to understand and resist harmful media messages. That is, we teach media literacy and a host of other life skills, as well as the skills to take action to make social change.
HOW TO HELP: About-Face is aiming to raise $20,000 by September 25. If we make this goal, a generous sponsor has agreed to MATCH the amount. All donations will directly improve our powerful school media-literacy programs.
WHY: We're going back to schools with our teenagers this fall, and we want to keep helping girls and teens of all genders become twice as powerful by questioning the motives of social media and other media. AND we want to rock their worlds by enabling them to take action to change our media culture. In 2015, we reached about 1,200 students with our fun, engaging brand of media literacy that improves self-esteem, body image, and ability to question media even after our classes. And our survey results show thatit's working. This year, our goal is to double our impact! We want to reach 2,400 students in the Bay Area this semester, and have already worked with 800!
Learn more about us and the important work we do at http://www.about-face.org/about-us/