via Courtney Privett
Over the weekend, we were thrilled to came across a couple of articles featuring different body positive campaigns. While we as a society are still combating complicated and deeply ingrained ideals of beauty that have been carefully cultivated into a booming industry, it’s becoming more and more common for women who are all kinds of sizes to push back against that one-definition ideal. The result is a countless – and ever-growing – number of body positive grassroots movements.
Join the movement; value yourself and help those around you do the same. We’re each too precious to spend huge chunks of our lives tearing ourselves down.
The cool thing about this collection is that these aren’t posters you would necessarily find on the first page of your Google search. In fact, most of them were new to us. #11 is particularly gruesome, especially if you’ve seen Iron Jawed Angels or are at all familiar with the suffragette movement. It’s almost like there’s a theme in all of these posters… almost like men really didn’t fancy being treated the way women were treated. Huh. Imagine that.
Source article: http://tinyurl.com/lo6ybde
Source article: http://tinyurl.com/m4lz9tj
Yes, you read that correctly. I’ve looked at this article several times now and I still get sick to my stomach to think that this actually fucking ended up on a shirt that was sold in the Philippines until store managers pulled them, and can still be bought online from a U.S. based shop.
I’m just going to give you a couple of minutes to let this sink in. According to the article, the shirt wasn’t pulled until social media blew up with rage. So that means that someone designed this T-shirt, someone approved it, multiple someones printed the shirts, packaged them, shipped them, opened the boxes in the back of the stores and hung them up on the racks. And no one read it and thought, “Gee, that’s rather offensive. This shouldn’t be on a t-shirt, let alone for sale.” It took a tourist snapping a pic to get them to take note.
We’ve come to expect a certain level of ignorant blindness when dealing with rape culture, but sometimes the evidence of that lack of understanding is hard to comprehend.
Source article: http://tinyurl.com/lbcv9t9
This is rather an older article; I’m pretty sure I first saw it over a year ago, but when it resurfaced on one of the many outlets I follow I found it just as fascinating the second time around. This woman took an unaltered photo of herself and emailed it to 40 graphic artists from 25 different countries and her only instructions were to make her beautiful. It’s amazing how different each one is. Some added copious amounts of blush and eyeshadow, others changed the lines of her face, neck, and shoulders, or altered her hair or skin tone. One of the Indian artists actually removed her collarbones. The Morocco artist added a traditional head covering. Now while it’s understood that “beauty” as defined by these artists isn’t necessarily inductive of their region’s stereotypical definition, it does highlight just how open to interpretation the concept is. Every one of them is altered though; so what does it say about us that no one sent the picture back to her just the way it was?