A few weeks ago I heard about the Within and Without: Body Image and the Self exhibition in Birmingham and I knew I wanted to go. I am really good at surrounding myself with the right type of media online, but I definitely want to do more ‘real stuff’ too – and this seemed to be the perfect opportunity.
I have recently promised myself to do more stuff in Birmingham and to get out there and learn more about what this city has to offer, so this weekend I decided to visit. The Exhibition is held at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and WOW there is so much to see there. I spent a good few hours going through the different galleries but the Within and Without one was without a doubt the best.
The exhibit itself was about body image: what impacts a person’s body image and how different religions, genders, political beliefs can have an affect on it. There were loads of different things to see, and things that were thought provoking. There were also videos playing with people talking about body image, their perception of it and what they feel affects this.
One of the displays I liked most was this one with a range of different dolls:
Up until a few years ago, I hadn’t really given much thought to children’s dolls and the influence that they can have on kids. I know that in standard toy shops, dolls tend to be white with blonde hair and thin bodies. Realistically this doesn’t showcase the range of great bodies that are out there. I now know that it is important to have dolls that look different, so there is something for every child to love and relate to.
If you want to read about body image, what affects it, how it has changed through the ages and what other people’s thoughts are, I would definitely recommend a visit. The Exhibit is free and in Birmingham until the 1st February 2019, click here to find out more.