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Event at William & Mary will smash body perfection stereotypes

Southern Smash is coming to William & Mary on Wednesday to break through images of body negativity by breaking scales with sledgehammers. (WYDaily/Courtesy Gastric Mind Band)
Southern Smash is coming to William & Mary on Wednesday to break through images of body negativity by breaking scales with sledgehammers. (WYDaily/Courtesy Gastric Mind Band)

The College of William & Mary will be smashing through cultural ideas of body perfection Wednesday as Southern Smash’s signature Scale Smash event comes to campus.

From noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Crim Dell Meadow, “Smashers” will take sledgehammers to scales to raise eating disorder awareness and promote positive body image, according to a release from Southern Smash. Those participating will also write on “Let it Go” balloons to release their ideal numbers and create “Dare to LOVE yourself” cards.

Founder McCall Dempsey started Southern Smash in 2012 after battling an eating disorder for 15 years. Her goal is to challenge men and women to redefine their worth and beauty by letting go of the perfect number.

From 7 to 8 p.m. in Morton Hall Room 220, Dempsey will share her story along with other panelists during “SmashTALK.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Southern Smash online.

Alexa Doiron
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Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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