Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance 2013

fmlaEach fall semester, FMLA, a feminist activist organization, holds Love Your Body Day, a celebration in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium to raise awareness about body positivity and self-acceptance. Students decorate t-shirts with slogans like “I Love My Sexy Body,” “I Am Beautiful,” and “LYBD 2013” to commemorate the event and celebrate their bodies. FMLA members organize and operate booths, each with a particular feminist focus. In the past two years, booths have focused on eating disorders, queer bodies, women’s bodies in the media, male bodies and compulsory masculinity, and more. Love Your Body Day is one of three major events FMLA held during the 2012-2013 academic year.  Sexual Violence Awareness Week, created as a response to sexual violence and rape culture on the Brandeis campus, was held from March 4-8, and featured a variety of speakers, panelists, and documentary screenings. Feminist Coming Out Week, which took place from April 15-19, was a series of events meant to dispel myths about what it means to be a feminist and to encourage students and faculty alike to claim a feminist identity.