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Feel Yourself February

 

The pandemic turned life upside down, but at centre stage is the vessels that have taken us through it all: our bodies.

Have our sense of selves been narrowed to the four sides of a Zoom window, or broadened to a constant awareness of our proximity to others? Have we been able to dress for ourselves free from society’s critical eye or fallen further into the image-focused world of social media? Has the health of our bodies finally been valued above aesthetics, or has government messaging about overweight bodies reinforced existing fatphobia?

These are just some of the questions we seek to explore in this campaign. With Eating Disorders on a sharp rise, ‘New Year, new me’ rhetoric is adding to the existing pressures of lockdown, and with a socially-distanced Valentine’s Day on the way, Feel yourself February aims to spread counter-messages of self love and body acceptance, address taboo topics head-on and support those struggling.

Led by Ella Williams (Editor of the Courier) and Nadia Ahmed (Welfare and Equality Officer), the programme is the first of its kind at NUSU, consisting of podcasts, articles, workshops & free online events for all Newcastle students to attend.

 



Natter with your Sabbs

Natter with your Sabbs Podcast: Join Nadia, Ella & special guests as they delve deeper into the intersectionality of how we feel about our bodies. New episodes added every week.
Open Podcast

 

Books on Body Positivity & Anti-Dieting

Here we have handpicked a series of books that we loved and have great body positivity and anti-diet representation and themes. We hope you love them as much as we do!


You Are Enough
Harri Rose

Body Respect
Linda Bacon & Lucy Aphramor

The Beauty Myth
Naomie Wolf

Things No One will tell Fat Girls
Jes Baker

Just Eat It
Laura Thomas

Body Positive Power
Megan Jayne Crabbe

 

Articles from The Courier

Unique perspectives from a range of students on how relationships with their bodies have shifted over the pandemic.


My relationship with my body: a male perspective
by Dom Lee

Read Article

In 2021, I want to improve my relationship with myself
by Sarah Lahiri

Read Article

Body Neutrality: The New Body Positivity?
by Lily Dosanjh

Read Article

Has fatphobia been exacerbated by the Pandemic?
by Faye Navesey

Read Article

 

Books on Intersectional Body Positivity

Here we have handpicked a series of books that we loved and have great intersectional body positivity representation and themes. We hope you love them as much as we do!


Disability visibility
Alice Wong

The Colour of my Mind
Dior Vargas

Beyond Magenta: Transgender teens speak out
Susan Kuklin

Pleasure Activism
Adrienne Maree Brown

Bodymap
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

 

Books on Self-Love & Healing

Here we have handpicked a series of books that we loved and have great intersectional body positivity representation and themes. We hope you love them as much as we do!


After the rain
Alexandra Elle

Men, Women and Worthiness
Brene Brown

Rising Strong
Brene Brown

Daring greatly
Brene brown

 

Books on Fat Acceptance

Here we have handpicked a series of books that we loved and have great fat acceptance representation and themes. We hope you love them as much as we do!


Fattily Ever After
Stephanie Yeboahwo

The Body is not an Apology
Sonya Renee Taylor

Eat Up
Ruby Tandoh

The right to remain fat
Virgie Tovar

Fat is a feminist issue
Susie Orbach

 

Resources

Help and support for eating problems, disorders and distress.

  1. Eating Disorders Helpline including a Student line (BEAT)
  2. BEAT - Eating Disorders Charity
  3. NIWE Eating Distress Service - Based in Newcastle
  4. NHS information
  5. MIND - Eating problems support
  6. University Wellbeing
  7. Anti Diet Riot Club