Have you ever heard of Operation Beautiful before? Or Fat Talk Free Week? If not, then start paying attention because it’s something you’ll definitely notice around campus from now on.
Operation Beautiful is an international public awareness movement that was founded by Caitlin Boyle. “The mission is to post anonymous notes in public places for other women to find,” she says. Where’s the most common place to find one? The bathroom. Why? Because that’s where girls scrutinize themselves the most. That’s where the mirror is and that’s where women degrade their bodies and beat themselves up over menial “flaws.”
But no more.
This week is Fat Talk Free Week, a nation-wide public awareness movement that encourages girls to stop degrading themselves. Instead, look in the mirror and say something that you love about yourself; something that makes you unique; something that makes you beautiful.
I work at the campus fitness centers as a student manager, so I like to think I’m in a position of power. Now, I understand my notes are supposed to be anonymous, but right now I feel like spreading the word and drumming up strength behind this movement is more important. After all, I’ve already had a few girls join the movement with me and post anonymous notes in the dorm bathrooms!
So, I took advantage of my power position and had the fitness centers participate in Fat Talk Free Week. Now, when you go into either of the girl’s bathrooms, you’ll see some of the things that make the girls at my school amazing.
If you’d like to see more pictures or learn more about what exactly “fat talk” is and how you can stop it, then head on over to The Pulse. You’ll get everything you want there. And if it’s not there, feel free to make a comment and let me know!
Just remember, you are beautiful just the way you are.