“Modeling our dreams over our bodies, we can stride down real-life runways and break through the walls of the complex labyrinth that girl culture has become."
Something happened on that beach when I was seventeen growing up long ago perverted into getting fat braving that sand was the most courageous thing I had done to date and when the light opened between my heart and the sky pouring out in both directions until there was nothing left of me but an ache to share the love that is possible I saw girls gushing forth by the hundreds into auditoriums the gifts of feminism that made all beings equal tumbling forth from that open heart that space between thoughts where the seeker and the sought are not separate this prayer that young women everywhere awaken to who they truly are until walking by that store window and checking out how hot you look has gone down in history alongside the porn-informed culture of middle school social relationships wherein self-objectification has become a rite of passage for girls whose bodies have scarcely grazed womanhood young minds taken hostage by this messaging before their brains have fully formed against the haze of an Internet world host to a slut-shaming smorgasbord against girls who internalize the hotbed of messaging before they have the maturity to moderate their understanding of it while YouTube Am I Pretty videos scream forth as hundreds of 11- and 13-year-old girls ask the world to validate their worth
Author, speaker, and founder of Love the Skin You’re In, Brie Mathers has spoken to 50,000 people across Canada, New Zealand (National Youth Week Tour 2012) and the U.S. inspiring stellar body esteem, sovereignty, and sisterhood. Her work has been featured in Coastal Living, 65 Degree, Origin, and Focus magazines, The San Jose Mercury, The Santa Cruz Sentinel, and on LA Talk Radio, CTV News, Vancouver Island News, Bay Area Dr. Future Show and CKVR News. Corporate sponsors have included TD Canada Trust, Royal Bank of Canada and Manulife Financial. Her partners include TEDx Bay Area, The University of Rochester Medical School of Nursing, The Western New York Comprehensive Care Center, One Billion Rising, Franchise for Humanity at Stanford, Dr. Riane Eisler’s Center for Partnership Studies, Wanderlust Yoga Festival and YWCA.