Help create a high school image education curriculum viewed through an anti-bias lens. Understanding Others will be the first curriculum of its kind, adding appearance prejudice to the body image discussion. Specifically focused on race, gender, body size and ability, we discuss how appearance is not just about beauty norms, it is about appearance-based prejudice and how that affects a person's self-worth, equal rights, and opportunities. Valuing diverse bodies leads to valuing diverse people.
70% of adolescent girls and 45% of adolescent boys have body dissatisfaction, leading to a host of mental health problems. Problems stem from trying to fit into a narrow idea of beauty. This ideal has created outsiders, people whose race, ethnicity, body size, gender, and ability automatically exclude them society's appearance ideals. Our curriculum helps students understand the appearance bias from where these ideals originated. It offers coping tools for when they compare themselves to others.
The curriculum challenges social norms and helps the students identify when norms are not in their best interest. It gives them tools to cope with negative thoughts and opportunities to band together and actively change the world to a world that serves everyone better.
We teach the kids to look behind social norms. We teach children how to notice their thoughts and help them adjust to their thought habits to serve them better. We help empower them to have a voice to change their environment.