I’m going to confess something to you. I love hugs. And even more, I love free
hugs. Whenever I see someone wearing a FREE HUGS T-shirt or carrying around a FREE
HUGS sign, I shamelessly approach the person in order to receive my free hug. And when I
shamelessly, I mean shamelessly. But c’mon, admit it, getting that warm fuzzy feeling from a
free hug from a stranger totally makes your day a little brighter.
Una, the feminist group at SLU, took that feeling and offered it up to the entire SLU
community last Friday. Not in the form of free hugs (which also would have been awesome),
but in the form of body paint! They had set up a station at ‘the grassy knoll by the clocktower’
(their excellent description, not mine), draped the fabric abstract vagina that usually is hung up
in their office over it, and had laid out various paint colors and buttons. (The button I snagged
has two hands cupped together with a bright red heart painted in the middle of them with Love
Your Body Day written across it. It’s quite cute if I do say so myself.) Members of Una stood
out on the walk, encouraging everybody to stop and take a button and get a heart painted on their
favorite body part. Musicians played their jams, passerbys stopped to sit in the shade and enjoy
the tunes and the company of happy people.
One of Una’s core team members painted a lovely red heart on my upper thigh, by my
hip, which is currently injured, but I figured that showing a little love towards it wasn’t gonna
hurt. I had to leave all the celebration and love really fast to get to class, so I couldn’t stay
very long, but walking through the crowd of students, I got to see people with hearts painted
on their legs, arms, cheeks, sides, and in one instance, cleavage. And seeing these people
showing all this love to their flawed, human bodies and celebrating them totally gave me that
warm, fuzzy feeling. So thanks, Love Your Body Day, for making my day a little brighter.