Laurie Toby Edison and Debbie Notkin say:
We are delighted to be invited to guest blog here at Feministe.
We can usually be found (along with a couple of regular guest bloggers) at Body Impolitic, where we blog about body image (interpreted as widely as possible), photography, art, and occasional other topics.
We got into working together more than 20 years ago, when we started work on Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes, which was published in 1994.
Ten years later, we published Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes.
Our most recent project, not yet in book form, is Women of Japan, a series of clothed portraits of women who live in Japan, which was done in collaboration with Japanese feminists.
Laurie is the photographer, and Debbie writes, edits, and manages the text portions of the projects.
Twenty-plus years of body image work is long enough to give us a lot of perspective on what changes, and what remains the same. Both of us were active feminists before we started doing specific work around body image; so we knew we were in for lifelong (generations long) battles. It’s been fascinating to watch what has gotten better. For example:
We’ve also watched what has gotten worse, including:
As we do in the photographic work, at Body Impolitic, we try to look at the immense number of factors that affect how individuals feel about our bodies, about living in our bodies, and about the vast pressures on all of us to hate ourselves and our bodies. While “body image” is a term that people frequently associate with weight (and we do blog about size acceptance and health-at-every-size issues), we also cover racial issues, cultural expectations of masculinity, parenting practices, ability/disability, and much, much more.
We believe that knowing and appreciating the power and beauty of everyone’s bodies, exactly as they are, is a cornerstone not only of feminism, but of living well in the world.
And we’re looking forward to being a more active part of the conversation here.
- Laurie’s Work Featured in the Huffington Post: 30 LGBT Artists You Should Know by Guest Blogger June 29, 2012
- Aging Is (Not) Unnatural by Laurie Toby Edison August 19, 2009
- What A Difference A Year Makes by Monica Roberts September 5, 2009
- Feminism and Super Tuesday by Jill February 5, 2008
- Women Athletes: Choose Between Strong and Sexy by Laurie Toby Edison August 23, 2009