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“I am enough!” Sara Ramirez

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-09-16 20:40 with 0 comments

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When actress and singer Sara Ramirez was asked why she was so open about her previous eating disorders and why she was so public about her battles with body issues, she replied, " It's still something so many of us battle with, even someone on a hit TV show. It's a reality, and people should take it seriously. Sometimes people can put people on pedestals and assume everything is fine and dandy because you're working in television. I thought it was important to humanize us. We're still just people who are flawed and have issues."

Read the following three interviews with Sara:

“How to Talk to Little Girls,” Lisa Bloom

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-09-16 20:39 with 0 comments

Lisa Bloom blogs about valuing female brains over physical beauty…and beginning to do that for girls at an early age. Should probably mean doing the same for males too, right? What do you think?

“Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self,” Alice Walker

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-09-16 20:39 with 0 comments

Essayist, poet, and novelist, Alice Walker reflects on what a childhood incident did to her perceptions of beauty, self-image, and self-acceptance and what her own child did to change those perceptions years later.

“I won’t photograph ugly people.” Jen McKen

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-09-16 20:38 with 0 comments

What do you think of what photographer Jen McKen decided to do and of what her definition of ugly is?

Published Writing from the I Write the Future Teams Year 1 and 2

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-09-16 20:38 with 0 comments

Three members of the I Write the Future Team inspired all of us to think more deeply about these issues last year. Read the following pieces from Chapter 1, When Intolerance Turns on Self, in the 2010-2011 I Write the Future anthology. Be sure to read their writers’ statements, too.
• Stephaney Willis, “two years of wanting not to want” plus her amazing video essay found here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88OLm0A94gI)
• Natasha Smith, “A Pain Deeper than Tears”
• Denise Ros, “Good Enough”

Will you ever write about these issues in college?

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-09-16 20:37 with 0 comments

The following essays were written by college students at UC Davis and published in Prized Writing.
“Short Hair is For Boys,” Stephanie K. Yee
http://prizedwriting.ucdavis.edu/past/2008-2009/201cshort-hair-is-for-bo...

“ ‘I Don’t Want to be Barbie. I Want to Benchpress Her.’ The Lifestyle of a Female Body Builder,” Michelle Jones
http://prizedwriting.ucdavis.edu/past/2007-2008/201ci-don2019t-want-to-b...

“My Beauty’s More Real Than Yours! Consequences of ‘Real Women’ Discourse,” Natalie Yahr

Getting Help

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-09-16 20:36 with 0 comments

These two websites give you great information and resources, and more importantly, specific places find help for friends, family, or you.

Body Image and Self-Esteem http://teenshealth.org/teen/your_mind/body_image/body_image.html
Cutting and Self-Harm: Self-Injury, Help, Support, and Treatment
http://helpguide.org/mental/self_injury.htm

Call to Write: Sara Ramirez, Jeromey, Lisa Bloom, Denise Ros

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-09-16 20:35 with 0 comments

Call to Write— Reflect on, connect with, write in response to four provocative quotes from Sara Ramirez, Jeromey, Lisa Bloom, and Denise Ros.

Sara Ramirez and I Write the Future Team members on Extra, Extra!

Discussion by: California Writ... on Thu, 2011-08-18 18:25 with 0 comments

To see the front row view that Sara gave team members of her performance of "The Story" and interview for Extra, link here. You can pick out Kristian Rodriguez, Jameka Henry, Denise Ros, and Natasha Smith standing right behind Sara.

Southern California team members meet Sara Ramirez!

Discussion by: California Writ... on Thu, 2011-08-11 13:12 with 0 comments

Follow this link to view a flickr photo album from this very special day.

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