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A Birthday! And a Giveaway!

June 30, 2010

In honor of SOAM’s upcoming fourth birthday, I am hosting a DVD giveaway! I happen to have a couple copies of 50 Nude Women which the producer, Margot, is refusing to let me pay for because she is clearly completely awesome.

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I first became aware of this short film through one of SOAM’s readers several years ago, although at this point I can’t remember who it was now (feel free to speak up!) and as soon as I looked into it, I knew I had to own it. It is, simply, footage of 50 very different women, all nude. Tall and short, thin and round, young and old, from different cultures, of different colors, various body marks from head to toe – it is, in a word, women. Despite it’s length of only 12 minutes, the film makes me both laugh and cry. It shows the beauty in the diversity of women, and, actually, in humankind in general. We are beautiful in all our many forms. (I swear I’m not paid to say this!)

I believe Margot has made one of the most beautiful and important films ever, and I hope every woman (and man! and teenager!) finds a way to watch this movie and share it with their friends. And that is why this DVD is what I want to share with you as we embark on a fifth year of changing the world.

But I’m going to make you work for it. How do you enter? It’s simple – just go to Harriet Brown’s website and take her Pledge to Love Your Body. Come back here and leave a comment saying you’ve done that and you are entered to win one of two copies of the DVD that I’ll give away. Winners will be chosen randomly and I will announce the winners on Monday, July 5th, and we’ll have cake (gluten-free for me, virtual for you*) and sing and maybe even dance a little.

So go forth, spread the word on your blog or on Facebook or Twitter, and stay tuned for the festivities!

*I’d share, but cake just doesn’t taste as good once it’s shoved through the internet.

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50 Responses to “A Birthday! And a Giveaway!”

  1. Rachael Says:
    June 30th, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    I did it!!! :) I would really love to win this DVD – especially for my 8 year old sister! She is so curious about the women figure (she is always with my mom and me (I am 23)and at the stage where she is questioning her own body and its beauty… I want to show her that women truly do come in all shapes and sizes. This would be PERFECT! :)

  2. Kerry Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 4:33 am

    That sounds awesome! Is there anywhere you can watch it online if you don’t have the extra money to buy it?

  3. Heather Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 7:29 am

    I’ve taken the pledge! This video sonds like it rocks!

  4. Tabi Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Haha, I am on a gluten free diet too, Bonnie!

  5. Megan Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I not only pledged, but I printed it and put it on my bathroom mirror.
    Thank you!

  6. Morgan Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 8:59 am

    That was exactly what I needed to read today! I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and I DO want to take that pledge!

  7. Shannon Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I did it!

  8. Tsi K. Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I’ve taken the pledge too! It’s awesome!

  9. Shawna Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I did it! And I saved it to share with others! I love it and would love to have one of those dvds!

  10. Kara Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Wonderful pledge! I did it! Go my rockin’ twin skin belly, breasts mature & loose from nursing two at once, and the rest of my sinewy curves. My body serves me well, and I am thankful.

  11. Keri Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Pledge done. What a great looking film!

  12. Brittany Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Did it! Perfect morning to read the Pledge. It brought tears to my eyes after by self esteem eating my alive lately, thanks for the beauty boost!

  13. Tabitha Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I am a childbirth educator and last week one woman expressed her concern with pregnancy weight gain and post partum appearances. I told all 6 of the women there to look at theshapeofawoman. Today I will be printing out the pledge with your website and making copies for each one of them.
    Thank you for helping me to give these women the support they need.

  14. Alyssa Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I love it!! I even printed one for my mom and my sister! We have promised to help eachother build confidence and self satisfaction!! Thank you! We would love to watch the movie by the way :)

  15. Jennifer Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I pledged and then shared with it all my fb friends. Causing a nice discussion on my wall right now. Yay for loving your body!!

  16. Melanie Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I have just made my pledge. It is exactly what i needed and I have printed it out to reaffirm everyday. Thanks SOAM and Happy Birthday.

  17. Tara Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:52 am

    It’s something I need to do, and I will strive to stay true to it. Thanks!

  18. sarah Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Happy b-day SOAM! This site is the first thing I check in the morning-my morning pick me up!
    I’ve taken the pledge :)

  19. Mandee Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I went and pledged and Thank you so much! I needed to hold myself accountable for all the body-hating comments I tell myself. It stops today! :)

  20. Monika C Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I did it! This DVD looks amazing, btw. I am so fortunate to have a husband who LOVES my real, natural body AS IT IS. We our expecting our first child now, too, and he has absolutely been in awe of (and loving!) the changes in my body.
    Happy Birthday, SOAM!

  21. Jenn Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Something we should teach our daughers.

  22. Rachele Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Took the pledge and plan on keeping it. I absolutely love this site and have visiting ever since I got pregnant. My new motto is imperfection is perfection. ~Please enter me, thank you!

  23. Sara Simon Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I have pledged. I love my baby-making, breastfeeding, non-dieting body :-)
    Thank you SOAM!

  24. Jacqui Tondreau Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Done – and I will take it to heart. I have 3 daughters and the pledge is as much for them as it is for myself.

  25. Kerri Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Pledge taken. I must print it out and put it up on my mirror. This body was made for making and nurturing beautiful babies!That’s why it’s soft and cuddly all over!

  26. Ali Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Happy Birthday, SOAM!!! Congrats to Bonnie on such a powerful, wonderful site continuing to grow strong!

    I took the pledge and would love to see & share this DVD with my own daughter (one day, she’s too little now), my husband, and mommy friends.

  27. Caz Filmer Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    It felt good just reading those words :) I am joining the pledge to be nice to my body – look at all the wonderful things it’s done for me.

  28. Dana Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Done, but that’s going to be tough to uphold … Happy birthday SOAM!

  29. Elizabeth Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I took the pledge, i love the idea of printing it out and hanging it up like someone mentioned earlier. I think i will do that when hubby comes home and sets up the printer!

  30. Marissa C Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I did it! And for me, it needed to be done. At first, i read it and thought that would be impossible to not bash my body. But after reading it with a big heart, i knew this was something that i truly needed to absorb. My body is awesome! The more i put myself down, the more it is bad for me. If someone was to ever wish that her flaws and all her bad features disappeared, they themselves would vanish and would never be seen again.

  31. Marsha Says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Happy B-day to you…and wishes for many many more to come! Signed :)

  32. Maria Says:
    July 2nd, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Happy birthday to this website. It’s been a god-send for me during this, my first pregnancy. I took the “Spread the love” pledge, and I think every woman should.

  33. Zoey Says:
    July 2nd, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I did it! Great idea!

  34. I-dra Says:
    July 2nd, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Done. Years ago, actually. I decided, just before my last submission to SOAM, that, even at 25 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight & with a few more inches than before, I would honestly, really be okay with that. Cuz, gawdDAMN, I’m hot. And any man who didn’t think so could just keep on walking.

    I shared it with all my facebook lovelies, too!

  35. Karla Says:
    July 3rd, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Done! Beautiful way to celebrate my new way of seeing my body! I am getting better and better at accepting me…

  36. Erin Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I did it! I think I might have to print it out and put it on my bathroom mirror! And on my fridge, my headboard, in my wallet……………

  37. Mauri Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    i did it!

    i needed that. thank you! i’m going to share with a few friends also.

    i would love to be entered to win a copy or two of the dvd.

  38. Chelsea Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I took the pledge. I will also have my younger sisters read it, as well. Thank you for posting this. :)

  39. Holly Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I did it! I haven’t seen it yet, but it sounds like a beautiful film. <3

  40. Sheri Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I did it! Oh how I needed to commit to this. I’ve been loathing my body every morning lately. This is the reminder i needed. I look forward to seeing the film!!!!!!!!!!!! Bless you and thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Moxie Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I did it too and will urge my girlfriends to do the same!

    The film sounds beautiful. I posed naked for a photographer doing a coffee table book on different body types and it was a wonderful way to celebrate my body!

  42. Margaret Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I did it! I think this is a wonderful site, Bonnie! Thank you!

  43. lindsay Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I took the pledge. It isn’t always easy to love my body but your work and this website have certainly made it a lot easier! Happy Birthday SOAM :)

  44. Allison Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I can’t believe SOAM is 4 years old!!!! I have been coming here to read through a pretty tough time in my life….Divorce, dating and commitment all with two small children and realizing how beautiful I really am……Thank you and I too pledge to be kind to my body and honor it!!!

  45. Susan Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I took the pledge and plan to copy Harriet’s pledge to send to all my female relatives

  46. Melissa Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    i did it!Happy Birthday SOAM!

  47. Natasha Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Me! I took the pledge :)

    Happy birthday SOAM! X

  48. lilo Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    OMG, I CRIED DURING THE PLEDGE BUT I DID IT. Thank you so much for this. It really made me realize how unkind i am sometimes to my body. I don’t want to do that any more. THANK YOU!

  49. Nancy Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I did it,and I didn’t even need to. I’ve had a lot of family members w/cancer and I’ve learned that no matter what my body looks like, it’s healthy! All my parts work! I am so lucky to have that flabby belly because 2 beautiful kids came with it.

    Well, I don’t need to tell you, do I?

  50. Kelly Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I did it! What a beautiful project!


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