Discrimination is sadly a truth we are faced with every day. Whether you are a woman, a Muslim, an immigrant or a person of color. But there is also another form of discrimination that we don't talk about quite as often and that's the silent discrimination against self. It's the self-stigma we assign to our mental health. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States, 18.1% of the population every year, yet only 36.9 % of those suffering get treatment.
Dr. Victoria Bateman, an esteemed economist best known for her nude protests for gender equality, uses her body as a form of art that serves to challenge the stigma around women's bodies and women's rights, in the world of economics. In March 2018, Bateman attended the annual conference of the Royal Economic Society in Brighton stark naked with the word "respect" written across her chest and stomach. Unbashful in delivering her message, Bateman was determined to start a conversation.