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Body Positivity & Acceptance

Body Positivity - a movement to celebrate all bodies as beautiful and 'good.'

Body Acceptance - the belief that our rights and agency should not depend on what our body looks like, how it works, or whether society sees it as a 'good' body.

SMASH THE KYRIARCHY

Why Act Now?

Supremacy culture raises us to believe that only people with specific types of bodies are entitled to human rights, healthcare, public access, safety, and respect.

What we are supposed to accept as a 'good' or 'normal' body is defined through popular media - books, advertisements, TV and commerce.

The Body Positivity movement is a push to include a few more types of bodies in the media under the definition of 'good.'

But should our rights depend on whether someone accepts our bodies? Or should all bodies be acceptable?

All Bodies Are Good Bodies

A Body Positivity Toolkit For Activist Kids

If we don't care about an issue, we won't take action. Kids have the right to choose curiosity-provoking resources that connect with our values and abilities.

1. SPARK CURIOSITY

Engage

Learn how this issue impacts us and the people we care about.

2. ASK QUESTIONS

Discuss

Process with adults who are willing to be honest and challenge our assumptions.

3. SET INTENTIONS

Reflect

Transform what we've learned into hands-on creativity.

4. CREATE CHANGE

Act

Step into our power with kid-friendly acts of service.

STEP 1: 5 MINUTES

Spark Curiosity: Pick One Story

Which stories and videos make you interested in learning more about this issue?

Which would you recommend to other kids? Add your own suggestions in the comments below.

Ages 6 months+

On The Go

CHOSEN BY KYRIARCHY-SMASHING KIDS

Best Kids Books on Body Diversity

STEP 2: 10 MINUTES

Make It Personal: Ask Questions

Ask & answer these questions with an adult who you trust to be honest with you..

When...

Has anyone ever compared your body to someone else's?

How did it make you feel?

How do you think it made the other person feel?

Who...

Who looks like you in the stories you watch and read?

Do the other characters see them as beautiful?

Why?

How...

Do others make assumptions about you based on your looks?

Does your body make it easier for you to do specific things? Harder?

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*How to talk about privilege with kids: Acknowledging our opportunities and resources (and what to do about it)

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STEP 3: USE WHAT YOU HAVE

From Theory To Real-World: Creative Reflection

Time to move from theory to reality. Use creative play to integrate what we've learned, take responsibility, and own what's within our control.

TODDLERS & Pre-K

Self-Portrait Hanger

Affirming & celebrating our uniqueness inside & out with positive discussions and reflective artwork via Revolutionary Humans

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Pre-K & Elementary

What My Body Does For Me

Downloadable worksheet with conversation starters to help children when the urge to compare starts, via Plant Love Grow

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Elementary

Fashion Show Pinterest Board

Create your own fashion runway show by collecting images from the web of outfits and styles that both look good and feel good on your unique body.

Elementary+

No-Sew Creative Fashion Workshop

Make or hack your wardrobe so that it fully celebrates the intersection of all of your identities, via Sky Cubacub of Rebirth Garments

RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

Published: Last Updated on

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IT'S STILL OKAY TO LAUGH

Hard conversations with humor & joy

Every month the Luminary Braintrust tackles a new member challenge to make talking about social justice easier in real life.

STEP 4: ASSESS YOUR CAPACITY

Step Into Your Power: Take Action

Learning and talking is great - but nothing will change until we take action. Whether it's time, money, or influence - we all have something we can share to change the world.

This is who we are. This is the power we hold. This is how we show up.

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Support Radical Visibility

Buy a patch, sticker, game - or donate to support Rebirth Garments, which offers education, resources, and garments for people on the full spectrum of gender, size and ability. 

if you have 10 minutes

Sketch A Friend

Show a friend that they are a work of art. Create a rough 10-minute sketch and give it to them as a gift.

Even if your drawings are terrible, when we are worthy of art, we feel seen and loved.

If you have 5 friends

Amplify & Boost

Share this toolkit with 5 friends who would appreciate your help tackling these topics as a family.

DIG DEEPER

Bonus Resources

Share what worked for your family (and what didn't).

Add the resources you suggest in the comments below to help families like yours.

WATCH

Intro to Body Liberation

Gloria Lucas introduces the concept of body liberation and how to start dismantling restriction culture.

HOW TO

Guides & Scripts

Join the Luminary Braintrust and get access to our Resource Library of scripts & templates - including how to respond when your kid says something cringe about a visible difference in public.

WATCH

Self-Advocacy Through Fashion

How Sky Cubacub uses fashion as a vehicle for disabled queers of all sizes to support the Radical Visibility movement.

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I’m an Autistic, multiracial (Chinese/Irish) 2nd-generation settler raising two children alongside my partner on the homelands of the Wampanoag and Massachusett people. My goal with Raising Luminaries is to collaborate with families and educators in raising the next generation of kind & courageous leaders, so we can all smash the kyriarchy together.

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RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

Published: Last Updated on

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Join the Benevolent Incendiary Society & get a free monthly email update with helpful book collections

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Posts may contain affiliate links and  sponsorships, which allow me to earn a commission at no extra cost to you.

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