What is Body Banter?

An intro to Body Banter:

Body Banter is an online video discussion platform that aims to expand the conversation about body image. By speaking up about body image issues, we can learn and reflect about these problems, and hopefully work together to come up with solutions! :) 

Here’s how you can join the discussion today:

1. Email bodybanter@gmail.com with a short video, of 5 minutes or less, about an idea, an experience or simply a thought that you think needs to find a place in the discussion about bodies. This video will then be uploaded onto the Body Banter YouTube channel. 

2. Submit a piece of writing of 500 words or less. This piece of writing can be in any format - it can be a poem, an essay or a rant - be creative!! It will then presented as a spoken word piece by a performer. 

3. Help translate! In order to make this a discussion that is accessible to everyone, it would be fabulous if we could try and translate the written works and the videos that we get into as many languages as possible and hopefully open up the conversation to a wider community. 

3. Be a performer! Read out the written works or the translated scripts of the videos that are submitted.

So what are you waiting for? Join the conversation and #buffuptothebanter!!! 

「身」展的簡介:

「身」展是一個運用短片來討論身型歧視的網上討論平台。立即改變整個社會的思想是不可能的,但如果我們能夠勇敢地發表我們的看法,集腋成裘,定能做出大的改變來!

還等什麼?快點參加這個討論,「身」展你的聲音吧!

參加「身」展這個討論平台有幾個方法:

1. 把一個五分鐘或以下討論這個議題的短片,電郵致bodybanter@gmail.com。

2. 寫一篇500字以下的寫作(任何格式都可以:一首詩,一篇文章...)收到後,一個演員會把它讀出來。

3. 另一個參與這個討論的方法就是幫助翻譯我們收到的短片和寫作!我希望能夠鼓勵更多不同地方的人參與我們的討論。

4. 當一個演員:把我們收到的寫作,或翻譯了的短篇稿讀出來!

還等什麼?快點參加這個討論,「身」展你的聲音吧!

「身」展的简介:

「身」展是一个运用短片来讨论身型歧视的网上讨论平台。立即改变整个社会的思想是不可能的,但如果我们能够勇敢地发表我们的看法,集腋成裘,定能做出大的改变来!

还等什么?快点参加这个讨论,「身」展你的声音吧!

参加「身」展这个讨论平台有几个方法:

1. 把一个五分钟或以下讨论这个议题的短片,电邮致bodybanter@gmail.com。

2. 写一篇500字以下的写作(任何格式都可以:一首诗,一篇文章...)收到后,一个演员会把它读出来。

3. 另一个参与这个讨论的方法就是帮助翻译我们收到的短片和写作!我希望能够鼓励更多不同地方的人参与我们的讨论。

4. 当一个演员:把我们收到的写作,或翻译了的短篇稿读出来!

还等什么?快点参加这个讨论,「身」展你的声音吧!


Why care? 

Sizeism, or the discrimination of size is an incredibly widespread type of bias that most people don't even realize they have, or don't view as a form of discrimination at all, which causes us to carry out our judgments ruthlessly and carelessly. 

體型歧視是一種很普通的一種歧視,但很多人都不知道這是歧視,所以當我們發表出來時,便會更加狠心地評價他人。

For example, body size descriptors like “fat” and “thin” are used all the time, but hardly anyone gives a thought as to how these words are almost always tainted with positive or negative connotations, from the very moment that they are used. 

例如,我們每次運用「肥」和「瘦」這些關於身型的形容詞時,我們便會不知不覺地把他們跟好或壞連繫在一起。

More notably, these descriptors are becoming correlated with not only one’s attractiveness, but also one’s status of health or even one’s morality. In other words, being thin is not only more beautiful, but seen by many as necessarily healthier and even sometimes representative of a better personality or inner value. 

最令人擔心的是,這些身形形容詞不單跟一個人的外表有聯繫。這就是說很多人不但覺得瘦的身型美,還可能覺得瘦的人一定是更健康,或者甚至更成功,性格更好。

This is dangerous, because this message teaches us to struggle against our own bodies and minds, sometimes even to the point of death in some cases, simply to conform to the rigid molds of the ideal body type. 

其實這是非常危險的心態,因為這會使一些人為了別人的眼光而不理自己的健康狀況。

Being affected by body image issues doesn't always manifest into a full-fledged eating disorder, and I think that it really doesn't need to reach that extreme end of the spectrum in order to be considered a serious issue. It is ignorant and irresponsible for us to avoid speaking up about body image issues just because because it doesn't appear to have a “significant” enough effect on a “significant” enough number of people. 

雖然負面的身型形象當然不一定會令別人患上厭食症,但其傷害力是不容忽視的。

Staying silent, whether it is because we think that the topic is too insignificant or because it seems too sensitive to speak aloud about, is indirectly expressing agreement to the existence of this discrimination and showing ignorance to its consequences.

不認知或不肯認同這種歧視,其實是間接表達我們同意這種歧視,和表達了我們對這種歧視的傷害力的無知。

We must first acknowledge and identify when and how we are displaying forms of size discrimination, be bold enough to voice our ideas and ask questions, and in doing so inspire further discussion and contemplation of these issues amongst a larger population of people. Big change starts from every person making the effort to give the issue at hand a little thought. 

我們要勇敢地發表我們的看法,才能夠啟發更多人參與和討論。只要大家都為這事出一分力,集腋成裘,定能做出大的改變來。