The past ten days have seen a brave bunch of body-conscious people put their life in front of the lens as they reveal all about their bodies and their bits.
From young people wanting to go under the knife, to guys wanting want to bulk up, the season has raised a lot of questions around today’s obsessive body image culture. And in the spirit of Free Speech, for every question raised there’s a good debate to be had.
Cue the Free Speech Body Beautiful Special, live from Newcastle on Tuesday 27th November at 8pm.
Over the hour we’ll be focusing on the following big issues:
- Cosmetic surgery and its global popularity
- Obesity and its health and social consequences
- Body image issues from a man’s perspective
- The media and its role in creating the body beautiful image
Getting the debate going is a top notch panel of industry experts who all have specific knowledge around the issues being discussed. Introducing:
Rosi Prescott: Head of the YMCA and was part of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image.
Venice A. Fulton: personal trainer, dietician, and author of this year’s controversial diet book Six Weeks To OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends.
Sabrina Mahfouz: a poet, playwright and feminist with a history of campaigning against Page 3.
Grace Woodward: a fashion stylist, TV presenter and reality TV judge known for her no-nonsense comments and outspoken opinions on beauty and fashion.
Of course, there’s another side to this debate: you guys. Free Speech is the only show that doesn’t just let you shout at the TV, it lets you change it. Using the Twitter controlled Power Bar you can tell the panellists exactly what you think of their points, right as they’re making them. Just use the following hashtags to say whether you AGREE (#YesName) or DISAGREE (#NoName) with them:
Rosi: #YesRosi to agree and #NoRosi to disagree
Venice: #YesVenice to agree and #NoVenice to disagree
Sabrina: #YesSabrina to agree and #NoSabrina to disagree
Grace: #YesGrace to agree and #NoGrace to disagree
It's as simple as that.
Finally, bringing your debate at home into the heart of the Free Speech zone is our Social Media Jockey Sam Naz. She’ll be injecting your points from Facebook, Twitter and this blog in to the spotlight for the panel and audience to mull over. But, you’ve got to make those points first.
So, to kick the debate off let’s ask you all this question:
Should cosmetic surgery be banned?
Over to you...
BBC Three’s Body Beautiful Season page