What is a Body Story? It’s a lot like it sounds, it’s the story of your body as you experience it. It is the story about what it has meant to live in your body.
We all have a story.
Our bodies have been with us our entire lives through everything we’ve done. Every breath we’ve taken. Every beat of our heart. It has survived our scrutiny, our shame. It has been impacted by the oppressive ideas that have been fed to us. It has changed with our relationships, our loves, our fears and our struggle. It has survived living in a culture that encourages many to act violently upon their bodies in order to try to fit into a narrowly defined standard of acceptance. It has underscored your very perception of what it means to be you and to be alive.
Our body has been our constant companion, changing over time, with us. It holds the story of our lives.
Perhaps your body story is an expression of the history of your people. Perhaps your body story is best told through the way it feels to be in it. Maybe your story is centered around your efforts to claim it.
Your body has its own story and it deserves to be told and heard.
There is power in being witnessed. There is power in sharing our body stories with others who might feel unseen, underrepresented, unheard and isolated in a world of homogenous stories. There is healing power in #metoo; in giving the gift of your story to those who are sorting through their own, reckoning with and reclaiming pieces and parts. There is power in saying together:
“This is what the truth looks like.”
We do this by making the invisible visible. By making pain public. By celebrating our own lives and bodies without edit or apology.
We want to know the story of your body.
Where does it begin for you?
We are gathering submissions to the Body Story Archive, a new site preparing to launch in 2018. We want your story. We believe it is needed.
Are you thinking about it? Are you all in? Here’s how you do it…
Your story is just about you.
Tell us the story of your white, brown, tall, short, thin, fat, able, crip, sick, privileged body.
Tell us how you learned to survive.
Tell us about the struggle.
Tell the story that you have always needed to hear.
We would love to have your story by April 30, 2018... TO INCLUDE IT IN OUR BODY STORY ARCHIVE LAUNCH IN JUNE 2018. ONCE WE LAUNCH THE SITE, SUBMISSIONS WILL BE TAKEN ANYTIME.
Please use this email for any and all inquiries about the Body Story Archive: email@example.com.