In March 2011, The WTCI, with Courtney Martin, held a Summit entitled Endangered Species: Preserving Women’s Bodies. This gathering of body activists set out to challenge the toxic visual culture’s assaults on women and girls. From this Summit, a committee formed to plan future action. Four other countries, Brazil, Argentina, UK, Australia also held similar Summits. Together, these five countries have now formed an international organization called Endangered Bodies: a local/global initiative.
Each country is working on projects within their own cultural milieu and keep in touch monthly to compare notes, offer support and brainstorm together.
Please visit Endangered Bodies on Facebook.
Over the years The WTCI has been sought as a presenter to offer lectures, talks, keynote addresses, panels, workshops, etc. on the various aspects of women and their relationships to food and their bodies. In the field of published work our faculty’s contributions have been extensive and well received by many disciplines. Whenever we interface with the public and professional communities, we draw on the 30-plus years of clinical experience shared by our faculty and Board. Now, are in the process of extending our audience even further by pooling that broad base of knowledge and expertise into a body/compendium of knowledge, which can be effectively shared, with a myriad of audiences, by a variety of our members, and in a format and manner consistent with the digital tools available to today’s 21st Century participants. More than ever, and in an increasingly globalized society, our role must broaden further to help others recognize the cultural mirror and its effect on girls development; disordered eating as both symptom and protest of cultural toxicity; the exportation of the idealized western female body and the globalization of self-harm; feminist efforts to create a critique and a wedge in which to find acceptance and breathing room; clinical responses and feminist oriented psychoanalytic relational practice. To be effective, this information can be disseminated and interaction initiated by the skilled and knowledgeable members of The WTCI.
The goal of our grassroots project Endangered Species: Preserving the Female Body, is to establish an all-embracing presentation capable of being divided into separable sections, content specific, to varying audiences including college, high school and elementary school students, parents, clinical facilities, community groups, social service agencies, girls clubs, etc.
Our faculty is developing the main structure of our presentation while covering the breadth of work on the body, body image and self-worth that The WTCI has explored and formulated over many years. With your help we would like to move to the next phase by synthesizing this data and acquiring the hardware and software necessary to translate this body of material into a digital format. This will allow us to author a flexible, modular power point presentation capable of modification through selecting appropriate components and information tailored to each audience, giving us the tools to reach out to a much larger and wider audience.
For more information, go to newyork.endangeredbodies.org