Women’s Resource Center to screen ‘Disfigured’

Staci Lawrence (left) as Darcy and Deidra Edwards as Lydia in "Disfigured." Photo courtesy Dialogue Heavy Pictures.
Staci Lawrence (left) as Darcy and Deidra Edwards as Lydia in "Disfigured." Photo courtesy Dialogue Heavy Pictures.

From “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life” to “The Biggest Loser” to “Dance Your Ass Off,” popular media seems obsessed with achieving a certain idealized body type.

In the midst of this weight-obsessed culture, how does one build a positive body image?

Is it possible to take ownership of a typically negative label such as “fat” and turn it into a source of pride? Could pro-ana/pro-mia communities be a site of empowerment for young women or are they symptomatic of a society that confuses weight control with health?

NIU’s Women’s Resource Center will screen the film “Disfigured” from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, and host a discussion about the politics and multiple meanings of weight and health.

Call (815) 753-0320 for more information.

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