Writing on the body as health education for girls
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Psychology and Social Science
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.