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We’re very excited to have been published on Melinda Tankard Reist’s blog today! Melinda is a Canberra author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is well known for her work on the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls and working to address violence against women. If you aren’t already familiar with her you should check it out, it’s both important and inspiring.
Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:
“The summer after my thirteenth birthday I went on a family holiday to the beach. I was walking when a young man at the top of a sand dune called out to me. When I looked up he asked me if I “wanted some” and grabbed his groin.
Already uncomfortable in my rapidly changing body, this experience made me feel highly visible, and I became hyper aware that men could be viewing me sexually. My body image changed, it became less positive. Aware that others were seeing me sexually, I felt the need to hide my body while being simultaneously pressured by society and the media to be sexual and wear revealing clothes in order to get the approval of others.
This summer also marked the first time that I was first publicly judged and shamed for my appearance. I was wearing my brand new skirt – a faux snake skin print which, in retrospect, was perhaps not the most fashionable decision but hey, it was 2001 and I was 13- years old. I felt wonderful in it. As I walked through the campground a group of young men and women heckled me about it…”
Read the full piece here!
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