It doesn't take a diversity consultant to recognize that we are a country that is obsessed with body image. Irrespective of where you fall on the gender spectrum, each day we are all inundated with increasingly narrow notions of ideal beauty. The vast majority of these images, ironically, are digitally enhanced and simply unattainable, at least without the help of a doctor.
So what can I do to increase my cultural competence?
A few days ago Slate posted a video of a young woman who chronicled the challenges that many women in Manhattan face, and presumably many other places, of negotiating catcalling, unwanted attention from men. My understanding is that the purpose of the video was to raise awareness around this issue with the goal of educating men to make better decisions and foster a more inclusive environment for women. So far, I'm onboard.
So this is it--my first blog post. After 5 years of serving as an independent resource to hundreds of schools in the US and abroad and 18 years of involvement in educational spaces dedicated to diversity and inclusion, I have finally "found the time" to create a blog.