Today marks the launch of Lidia Yuknavitch‘s new novel, Dora: a Headcase, the follow-up to her much-lauded memoir The Chronology of Water. To celebrate the launch, Lidia has decided to promote body image awareness and women’s rights issues through a viral photo campaign on her Facebook page. Here’s the explanation in her own words:
the game is based on my character Dora, who is a punk rebel bad ass. so i asked myself, what would Dora do?
if you agree to play with me, DO THIS: on August 1, by midnight, say, post a facehooker picture of yourself in your bra with a sign in front of your face that reads: “MY BODY IS NOT YOUR BATTLEGROUND. Love Dora and the Daughters of Eve.” preferably with your bra showing pretty good and your face obscured.
i’m going to come up with about 5 “games” like this to do on facehooker and elsewhere leading up to september”
In lieu of a photo blog today, I’ll simply direct you to Lidia’s Facebook page and let you browse the beautiful variety of women’s freedom of expression.
But! This is not just a women’s issue. This is a human issue, and men are joining the movement, too. Including me. So (bravery moment), here’s my contribution to today’s campaign:
- my body ain’t your battleground: Lidia Yuknavitch’s DORA (htmlgiant.com)
- The Rumpus Interview with Lidia Yuknavitch (therumpus.net)
- Dora: A Headcase (monicadrake.com)
- What’s With All The Boobs On Facebook? (reneeasherpickup.wordpress.com)
- I have been thinking a lot about sharing (and-what-then-in-its-place.tumblr.com)