In the lectures, I present my personal story and expand upon it with professional knowledge.
As a trained group facilitator I adjust it to the audience in attendance
Lecture for girls / Mixed lecture for girls and boys / Lecture for women / Lecture for the general public / A lecture for professionals who work with youth: teachers, social workers, counselors
Culture, environment and media and their influences on the female body image
Lectures for girls / mixed lectures for girls and boy s/ lectures for the general public
Diets and chronic dissatisfaction with external appearance have become part of the routine of many women. Does this make sense? No! Is it good for us? Definitely not! So who does this serve and what can we do to change this situation and feel feminine and desirable?
The lecture, "Changing Model," provides tools for internal strengthening and calls for a diversity of the ideal of beauty, so that every woman can stand tall and feel beautiful in her own way.
The personal story of Maayan is interwoven within the lecture as a parallel to the social story: Maayan sincerely shares her experiences as a model, tells of the poor body image she experienced and suffered from, describes the deterioration that brought about a process of profound learning, change and disillusionment and ultimately the campaign that sprang forth to channel the insights born from this weakness to strengthen girls and women the world over.
Alongside ideal beauty, we will discuss the sparks of the new beauty revolution and the path it is paving in Israel. In the lecture we will focus on changing the direction - looking from the inside out, by examining the following areas:
Media fraud The influence of technology (photoshop), education, the cultural environment and the economy, on the female body image.
Increasing awareness how to accept myself and feel that I am good exactly the way I am, on a practical level, with the understanding that this is an active process that begins with awareness.
HOW TO SPEAK TO YOUTH ABOUT
Lecture for professionals working with youth.
Teachers, social workers, counselors.
“Even when I’m starving during recess, I wait for the class to begin and take a seat at the back of the room. Only once the teacher begins speaking and all the students are facing her, do I dare eat, and I do so very quickly.”
An 8th grade girl from a community at the Shomron
"In order to reduce this phenomenon, intervention is required that emphasizes building strengths rather than reducing risk factors. Such intervention improves effectiveness and increases the chances of creating a positive body image, the acceptance of one’s body as it is and the acquiring of strengths.”
AED – Academy of Eating Disorders
“The Last Word on Prevention” January 27, 2016
The discourse on body image is currently bubbling in the media and in the contemporary world: fat-phobia, plus size models and the constant worship of thinness. This is the time to "strike while the iron is hot" and talk to the girls and boys about what really bothers them, about what keeps them awake at night and often damages these important years when their foundations are built for life. In fact, Israel is the first of 44 countries in which the pressure to be thin also finds expression through dangerous diets.
This is where I come in. I come to this with a sense of responsibility, without talking about eating disorders, and with a great deal of experience. I will share with you my personal insights gained from my acquaintance with thousands of girls all over the country and the world; I will share with you what I have learned from the most up-to-date research on the subject and from the support I have gotten from professionals in the field. We will delve deeper into the sensitive and complex subject - a positive body image. That is my mission.
TAKING MYSELF ALONG FOR THE RIDE
“.. When he looks into my eyes and tells me that he thinks he is falling in love with me, I am thinking: Is my hair sitting properly on my forehead? How about my eye makeup – I think I didn’t put on enough this morning. How about my eyelashes? Are they properly curled? I pray that my blouse isn’t clinging to my stomach. And that is just the beginning of the long list of my inner thoughts….” Yael, age 31
As a result of thousands of encounters I have had with women and girls, I have come to a profound understanding of the phenomenon of women's chronic dissatisfaction with their bodies. Once I realized that this frustration encompasses a wide range of women in various stages of life, I developed a lecture for both women and men.
The lecture includes many topics such as: the representation of women in the media, self-confidence, a healthy self-image and the connection between them. It is also a lecture about a personal story: taking weakness and converting it into strength for living. The lecture invites an open discourse in a safe environment in which all participants, female and male, can strengthen themselves and their self-perception as well as share experiences from their own lives.
Expanding and diversifying the ideal of beauty.
Building self-image as a result of individual and authentic thinking.
Dealing with negative body image using newfound introspection and reinforcing the inner self.
A call to change one’s perspective using a positive atmosphere of strength and optimism.
Experiential quiet time for gaining strength and hearing one’s personal voice.