Every year, the peer support program Peer-to-Peer hosts Love Your Body week in a school-wide effort to raise awareness around issues of body image, healthy nutrition, and critical awareness of media messages directed at girls and women. For this year’s program, which took place this week, Peer-to-Peer reimagined the week as Love Beyond Your Body. By using Dr. Lindsay Kite’s definition of beauty, which focuses on the body as an instrument rather than an ornament, they aimed to engage as many different student perspectives as possible. “In the past, we’ve focused on very specific topics like the effect of media images,” said Anelise P. ’20, one of the Peer-to-Peer leaders in charge of implementing this week’s events.
“This year we wanted to focus less on the idea of loving your appearance…We thought if we changed it to Love Beyond [Your Body], people could talk about whatever is important to them.”And that is exactly what happened in this week’s Upper School Town Meeting. Testimonials in the meeting covered a wide range of topics, from eating disorders and self-care routines, to the perspective of transgender students and their unique struggles with their relationships to their bodies. Throughout the week, Peer-to-Peer also posted signs around campus with messages of self-love, hosted a showing of Dr. Kite’s Tedx Talk, and visited 6th grade homerooms and 7th grade Human Development classes to discuss these topics with younger students who have not traditionally participated in these