This Flickr sideshow shows 150 American women, first clothed, then in “striking vicarious nude profiles.” Very interesting. Apparently it was first part of an art exhibition, but it appears that the person hosting the images at Flickr has little or no information on the exhibit.
From what I can tell it appears that most of the women appear to be in the same height, weight, and age range. While it would probably be more educational to show nude profiles of women of all shapes and sizes, this set of pictures does do a good job of showing the great contrast of body types even within these small frames while coming off rather asexually.
What I would like to see:
1) People who leave comments on these pictures that allow for real depth or analysis, rather than “Whoo! Hot!” and commentary on tan lines.
2) Representation of a wider range of women: age, race, height, weight, and please, disability.
3) A similar pictoral representation of the American male.
One and two are obvious requests, but I’d also like to see men have safe forums in which they can explore the body politic. I’ve been intimate with enough men who have had very real, serious problems with body image in one area or another that I feel the normalization of our, well, normality should extend beyond a female body politic. Number three should be just as obvious as my previous requests, but there is a social taboo put on men’s general expression of the body that should be eradicated.
As someone who still wanders between logic and cultural expectation when it comes to my body, I always feel better having access to this kind of imagery. None of these women fit The Standard. None of us do.
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