by Marilyn Wann
The Embodied club at CSU-Chico is a new student organization that celebrates weight diversity and Health At Every Size®. They invited me up for Love Every Body Week to share the hack for turning bathroom scales into Yay! Scales™. People were eager for more body lib fun after fat activist Ragen Chastain gave a talk and got people dancing.
I'm pretty sure this workshop set a world record for 'Largest Number of People Making Yay! Scales at Once!' A few passersby even joined the workshop and made their own Yay! Scales, which they seemed to find an unexpectedly delightful. A total of 36 new Yay! Scales are out there now, giving compliments instead of numbers. And people will be able to teach the hack to others, for a body-love ripple effect. More of us feeling at home in our bodies and welcome in society...YAY!
One woman said she plans to keep her scale in her closet, where she most often does negative self-talk...so she can Yay! herself instead. Two lovely lads made a Yay! Scale for their frat house, with all sorts of inside jokes. (Go, Free Towels! aka Phi Kappa Tau.) One scale will join the healing scene in a therapist's waiting room. Others will be put to good use by Embodied activists at outreach events.
Here's a scale-hacking tip: Although I warn people not to open their scales while they're upside down, it happens...and I've done it myself often enough to be familiar with wiggling the moving parts back inside correctly. I fixed scale innards several times during the workshop, until Embodied officer Kasey nicknamed me the Scale Whisperer. I'll take it!
Big fat thanks to Michelle Morris, Crystal Vasquez, Debbie Devine, Kasey Madison Davis, Jemmae Reddish, Natalie Butler, Gricel Oropeza, Sylvia Seroff, and all of the Embodied people at Chico!!!