Title

Writing on the body as health education for girls

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Psychology and Social Science

RAS ID

4704

Comments

Reid Boyd, E., & Bray, A. (2006). Writing on the body as health education for girls. Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education Biannual International Institute.

Abstract

Body Talk: A Power Guide.for Girls is a self help guide for teen girls that addresses a number of core issues such as self-harm, eating disorders and sexual abuse from a feminist perspective. This paper explores the process of translating feminist theoretical and mental health education strategies into a mainstream self-help book and associated writing/self development workshops for teen and pre-teen girls. It explores the way feminist 'writing on the body' may be utilised. Discussed are four strategies from the book, used in workshops: Tabula rasa; I wish I'd said; Tell it; and Ever after.

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