Body Image

Notes: 
  • Before starting the activity, it may be important to do an icebreaker session (like songs or jokes) to create a comfortable environment so that girls can take part in the discussion without any inhibition.
  • Men and women have their own set of thoughts about their respective bodies. Both men and women give more importance to their outer appearance, e.g. face, hair, clothing and body structure.
  • Very often we ignore our reproductive organs, and don't think and care about them much. Because of this we may expose ourselves to infections and other diseases.
Objective: 
  • To encourage girls to think about their body and specific body parts.
  • To make girls realize the importance of looking after their body.
Instructions: 
  1. Ask the girls to sit in a circle.
  2. Ask them to close their eyes and breathe deeply and relax.
  3. Explain to the girls that you are going to name different body parts and they should either touch the body part or visualize that part in their mind.
  4. Emphasize to the girls that it is important they keep their eyes closed during this activity and they should only do what they feel comfortable doing.
  5. Slowly and softly name the following body parts one by one and give some time to girls to point them out: head, forehead, eyebrow, eyelid, nose, cheek, lips, chin, ears, chest, stomach, hands, fingers, waist, genitals, hips, buttocks, legs, knees, feet, toes. (Be sure to use those terms for the parts that are commonly used and known in the context that you are working).
  6. During the activity, observe girls’ reactions and expressions.
  7. After the activity, tell girls to breathe slowly and to gradually open their eyes.
  8. Guide the discussion using the points given below.
     

 

 

Discussion Questions: 
  • How do you feel after doing this activity?
  • Do you feel anything different about your body? What?
  • How do women usually feel about their body?
  • Do women like to look at themselves in the mirror? When? Why?
  • Why do you think it is important for women to feel comfortable about their body?
  • What sort of relationship do women have with their body? Why?