There are those who talk and there are those who do. WHO (Women's Housing Option) does. This living group has set themself apart as more than just a place for women to live. Concepts like "safe space", "social advocacy" and "community efficacy" come to mind when looking at the stirring and dynamic new campaign that was launched last week. Body image issues are a reality in many of our lives. The statistics that support this truth are alarming as words are spoken with little or no thought given to the lasting psychological impact that is left in the wake of commentaries on women's bodies. It is encouraging to see that, with the photo expertise of Ashley Tsai, this group of women has created space to invite conversation, expand thought provoking images and develop the tools to initiate positive change. All of our lives are affected when even one life is disrupted by the inability to live comfortably within their own skin. Take a minute to reflect on the words you will speak before they are heard. Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can break your spirit. We are all a million shades of beautiful. Each a masterpiece...a different kind of perfection. Let's be aware of the need to be concious of the role we each play in this debilitating culture of criticism. Create a new normal. As WHO Speaks, will you listen?
If you are interested in being a part of the WHO community, please contact the Women's Housing Option, for more information, at firstname.lastname@example.org .