By Yvonne Franck & Alena Thiem, Founders of Endangered Bodies Germany
In 2012, we were proud to launch AnyBody Deutschland, the German chapter of Endangered Bodies. Having started from scratch, we are truly delighted with how quickly things are developing and how our work and efforts for more body diversity have been appreciated and supported by so many. Naturally, we received help and support from the global Endangered Bodies network, but beyond that, we have also made exciting new links, finding support in all kinds of unexpected places. Being a body activist is challenging in a lot of ways, a lot of the time. But just as often, we are rewarded and encouraged because of the great interest, approval and support our work has received. A great example is the response from across the world to our sticker campaign, launched in August 2012, which asks people to engage with the question, “What is beauty?”.
by Holli Rubin, AnyBody/UK Endangered Bodies member
There's more to life than being a princess, right? Don’t we want our girls to know that? Don’t we want them to know that life is made up of a palette of more than just pink?
It has been a long time coming but today there are several websites working hard to show our girls there is much more to life than playing a princess. Having the choice of interesting and non-stereotyped books and toys is so refreshing, and so very necessary. Recently, we applauded Toward the Stars, but many other groundbreaking online initiatives also deserve our recognition and support.
Another standout platform is A Mighty Girl, an impressive repository of books, toys and clothing, all consciously chosen for promoting values of strength and equality. Their tag line (which I love) is:
“The world's largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.”