How it all got started…
Tired of watching people pick themselves apart in front of the mirror, healthy living blogger Caitlin Boyle scribbled a note on a scrap piece of paper: “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!” and slapped it on the mirror of a public bathroom. With this one small act, she kick-started a movement known as Operation Beautiful. In a matter of days, women and men were undertaking their own feats of resistance, posting uplifting notes on gym lockers, diet shakes in supermarkets, and anywhere else a nagging voice of self-criticism might lurk.
Caitlin’s program is interactive, energetic, informative, and engaging. Her eye-opening multi-media presentations use shocking examples of photoshopping as a springboard for discussing America’s body image crisis. Caitlin’s approach compels the audience to ask what advertisers are really “selling” us – not just products, but also values and expectations about appearance, self worth, and gender roles.
Caitlin excels at promoting discussion about some of the most pivotal topics facing young women and men today:
- Body Image
- Fat Talk and Negative Self-Talk
- Photoshopping and False Imagery
- The Objectification of Women in Advertising
- Cultivating a Positive Attitude
- Mixed Messages in Fitness Magazines
- Self-Esteem and Self-Worth
- The Thin Ideal vs. The Healthy Ideal
Astonishingly, 99% of images in magazines – even tabloids – are photoshopped. It’s no wonder our perception of reality is distorted! Using contemporary, relevant examples, Caitlin guides the audience as they uncover what impact this twisted reality can have on their own self-esteem and health. She also strives to illustrate how body-image issues apply to both women and men.
To fight Fat Talk and body distortion in the media, Operation Beautiful urges women and men to post anonymous notes in public places. These notes encourage positivity and self acceptance. Since the launch of the Operation Beautiful blog in June 2009, hundreds of thousands of notes have been posted in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Notes have been written in English, Chinese, German, and Spanish. A female solider in Iraq even posted a note in her barracks. Each note conveys one simple truth: You are beautiful… just the way you are!
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