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About the show:

Look At Me is a show about whether what we appear to be is who we really are.

Using Q Lab technology, original music, interviews with a diverse range of people (thalidomide, physically disabled, cystic fibrosis suffers, cancer patients, obese people, girls who self-harm, models, 70 year old women, a range of ages, races and genders), Juliette has worked closely with the facial disfigurement charity Changing Faces, body dysmorphic disorder charity B.O.D.Y. the eating disorder charity B-Eat and the Muslim Women’s Association of Edinburgh in her research, this uplifting docu-comedy is a celebration of body confidence and beauty diversity!

It touches upon issues of mental health, body image and more. For more information on subjects approached in the show please read on.

 

Further information on mental health:

If you think you or someone you know might have a mental health problem please visit these websites –

Mind – the mental health charity

B.O.D.Y. – Body Dysmorphic Disorder

B-Eat – eating disorders

Self-harm support website

All the following facts have been sourced from the above websites.

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem.

3 in 100 people will suffer with depression. 5 in 100 people will suffer with anxiety. 10 in 100 people will suffer with anxiety and depression. 3 in 100 people will suffer with phobias. 1.3 people in 100 will suffer with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). 1.2 people in 100 will suffer with Panic Disorder. 3 in 100 people will suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 1.6 in 100 people will suffer with eating disorders. 17 in 100 people will suffer suicidal thoughts in their lifetime. 3 in 100 people will self-harm in their lifetime. 3 to 5 people in 100 will suffer a Personality Disorder in their lifetime. 1 to 3 people in 100 will suffer with bipolar disorder in their lifetime. 1 to 3 people in 100 will suffer with Schizophrenia in their lifetime.

WHAT IS BDD? Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is an anxiety disorder related to body image. READ MORE

1 in 100 struggle with BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder) and 1 in 4 sufferers attempt suicide. [source: B.O.D.Y. website] BDD and eating disoders affect men and women. [source: B.O.D.Y. website] If you have BDD, you have obsessions that cause you significant anxiety and may also develop compulsive behaviours, or routines, to deal with this. In this way, BDD is closely related to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). [source: Mind website]

WHAT ARE EATING DISORDERS? Eating disorders can manifest in many ways and usually begin as a coping mechanism before becoming serious illnesses. They are NOT a “diet gone wrong” or a “lifestyle choice”. READ MORE

There are many varied eating disorders a person can experience: anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, binge eating and more. You do not have to live alone with any mental health problem – you can seek help. Mind, B-Eat, B.O.D.Y. are all excellent places to start.

WHAT IS PSYCHOSIS?

Psychosis is a very disturbing experience. For more detailed information please see this webpage.

 

JULIETTE INTERVIEWED PEOPLE WHO LOOK DIFFERENT – tell me more!

Juliette turned to CHANGING FACES to find people willing to speak about living with facial disfigurement.

LEO GORMLEY – HEAD UP

ADAM PEARSON ON TWITTER

Juliette also interviewed Thalidomide men:

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THALIDOMIDE HERE

or visit GEOFF’S WEBSITE

or MAT’S WEBSITE

Juliette also interviewed Simon Minty who runs the rather fabulous ABNORMALLY FUNNY PEOPLE

 

More information about Hijab Day

Juliette spoke with Muslim women before she wore the hijab and the niqab. One of her interviewees said “Islamophobia still exists.”

‘Islamophobia’ is prejudice against, hatred towards, or fear of Muslims or of ethnic groups perceived to be Muslim. For more information please visit the MWAE (Muslim Women’s Association of Edinburgh) website – an organisation that helped Juliette in her research.

 

More information on gender and transgender

Juliette also spoke with transgender men and women in her research. When in Australia Juliette met with the Seahorses who talked with her about transgender issues.

For help and support in the UK please see:

The Gender Trust

The Beaumont Society

The Angels website

MORE INFORMATION ON HIDDEN ILLNESSES FEATURED IN THE SHOW:

Juliette also spoke to people with Cystic Fibrosis and Cancer. For more information please see these websites:

CYSTIC FIBROSIS

CANCER RESEARCH UK

MARIE CURIE CANCER CARE

 

For more information on the Look At Me interviewees please visit Juliette’s YouTube channel

 

The ‘Look At Me’ stage show magazine presentation photography (the timelapse video and all advert images) by the incredible ALEX BECKETT. Please see Alex’s sensational website which Juliette peruses regularly to dream, escape and be inspired… (a much better way to do so than buying magazines).

All the ‘Look At Me’ magazine models are perfectly imperfect real women:

Ros – who advertises CONFIDENCE in the show – is a beautiful, inspiring woman who – despite her cystic fibrosis – makes beautiful hats and stunning bridal wear for a living (and makes Juliette laugh a lot). Like her Facebook page.

Lillian – who advertises COURAGE in the show – became a professional model after a difficult break up that shook her confidence until friends suggested she tried modelling. She was a runner up in the Pin Up Model of the year category at The National Vintage Awards 2014 and one of Juliette’s favourite people. Like her Facebook page.

Emma – who advertises HONESTY in the show – is a beautiful, inspiring woman who – like Juliette – battles mental health problems.  Emma has BDD, OCD, and a history of self-harm. But like all three women she will never be defined by her past or her illnesses. She is an incredible writer, looking for publishers to work with, and is working with Juliette on a book proposal of ‘When I Grow Up’.

 

Further information on issues brought up on Sexy Day in ‘Look At Me’:

Juliette researched feminism articles and the #YesAllWomen campaign and the Everday Sexism movement.

96% sexually objectified bodies in the media are women (Cambridge Science Centre)

Some examples tweeted to @EverdaySexism on Twitter:

Gemma: followed and shouted at on the Strand after refusing a man’s advances. Called a “stuck up bitch” and told to “smile love”

Julia: One thing to catcall from your car and another to stop, get out and follow her on foot.

Heather: Got shouted at by a group of boys aged about 9 or 10 that they were going to rape me and asked me if I was afraid

Lucy: Out in central Brighton today (June 15 2014) 3 men followed my friend and I, threatened me with a slap for not answering them and grabbed her bum. This was in broad daylight on the high street. We were in jeans and t-shirts (not that it matters).

Polly: I got groped by a stranger when walking home last night (June 16 2014). When I told him to fuck off he told me I should be proud.

Sofia: on June 16 2014 – Was just compared to a car with the keys left in it because of a short skirt – i.e. “waiting to be stolen” aka raped

 

CALIFORNIA KILLINGS AND THE #YESALLWOMEN CAMPAIGN:

In May 2014 a 22 year old man killed six people and himself in a gun and knife attack in California.

Shortly before the attacks, he posted a video on YouTube railing against women.

In response, Twitter users began using the #YesAllWomen hashtag – originally a response to traditional male rights activists’ complaints – to debate the issue.

The hashtag was used by more than 250,000 people in less than 24 hours. By 26 May it had been tweeted 1.2m times and had and 1.2bn impressions, according to hashtag.org.

The attack provoked a strong reaction on social media.

MORE INFORMATION HERE.

Just a handful of reactions online (from young men) to the killings in California:

Mercelo L – “He just wanted some white p*ssy”

Royaldog – “He wanted sex – it was nature’s call and he was deprived of it.  It’s like me eating bread in front of you and you starving to death.”

Callum – “This is what the friendzone does to people”

Afterfox – “Give a BJ – save a life”

Stephen M – “Moral of the story is give it up ladies or you’ll create more like him.”

 

Just some of the #yesallwomen tweets:

Sure #NotAllMenare misogynists and rapists. That’s not the point. The point is that #YesAllWomen live in fear of the ones that are.

#Notallmen are dangerous but…#YesallWomen are told never to leave their drinks unattended.

#YesAllWomen because I can’t tweet about feminism without getting threats and perverted replies. Speaking out shouldn’t scare me.

#YesAllWomen because I’ve seen more men angry at the hashtag rather than angry at the things happening to women.

#YesAllWomen because if you’re too nice to them you’re “leading them on” & if you’re too rude you risk violence. Either way you’re a bitch.

#YesAllWomen Because we teach girls how not to get raped instead of teaching boys how not to rape.

#YesAllWomen Because society is more comfortable with people telling jokes about rape than with people revealing that they have been raped.

The odds of being attacked by a shark are 1 in 3, 748, 067 while a woman’s odds of being raped are 1 in 6.

In 2005 research conducted by Amnesty international found that 27% of people believe a woman is totally or partially responsible for rape if she is wearing sexy or revealing clothing.

In 2007 1 in 5 of those who took part in a survey for Rape Crisis Scotland believed women contribute to rape if they wear revealing clothing.

In 2008 a survey of 985 Scottish people for the Scottish Government found that 27% thought that a woman bore some responsibility if she wore revealing clothing.

“What does the assumption that the way women dress has anything to do with rape say about men’s ability to control their base instincts? It’s insulting to men.” Quote from Rape Crisis Scotland

Source of all following facts: Rape Crisis UK website

Around 90% of rapes are committed by known men.

Reports show that there is a great diversity in the way targeted women act or dress. Rapists choose women based on their vulnerability not their physical appearance.

Rape is a terrifying, violent and humiliating experience that no person wants or asks for.

If a person is unconscious or their judgement is impaired by alcohol or drugs, legally they are unable to give consent. Having non-consensual sex with a person who is intoxicated is sexual assault.

At present, it’s estimated that only 15% of the 85,000 women who are raped and over 400,000 who are sexually assaulted in England and Wales every year report. One significant reason many women and girls tell us they don’t go to the police is because of their fear of not being believed.

No one need live alone with the experience of being raped. Please turn to your nearest Rape Crisis centre or helpline. Rape Crisis UK are an excellent place to start.

 

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