Thursday, March 27, 2008

Well, how about that?

After getting done with my earlier post this evening, I found this website.

Their stated missions is thus:

The Adipositivity Project aims to promote size acceptance, not by listing the merits of big people, or detailing examples of excellence (these things are easily seen all around us), but rather, through a visual display of fat physicality. The sort that's normally unseen.

The hope is to widen definitions of physical beauty. Literally.

The photographs here are close details of the fat female form, without the inclusion of faces. One reason for this is to coax observers into imagining they're looking at the fat women in their own lives, ideally then accepting them as having aesthetic appeal which, for better or worse, often translates into more complete forms of acceptance.

The women you see in these images are educators, executives, mothers, musicians, professionals, performers, artists, activists, clerks, and writers. They are perhaps even the women you've clucked at on the subway, rolled your eyes at in the market, or joked about with your friends.

This is what they look like with their clothes off.

Some are showing you their bodies proudly. Others timidly. And some quite reluctantly. But they all share a determination in altering commonly accepted notions of a narrow and specific beauty ideal.

Bookmark and check back often, as new photographs are added regularly(ish). And please help spread the message. The Adipositivity Project: Changing attitudes about the aesthetic validity of big women, one fat fanny at a time.

Well, how about that. A positive site with photos of fat women. Hooray!

I must admit I couldn't help but giggle at the last sentence in their mission statement though. In America, fanny is slang for the buttocks. In Australia, fanny is slang for vulva. I still have to do a double take when reading that word on American sites. Although to be fair, there are glimpses of fannies of both varieties in some of the pictures. :)

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Marshmallow said...

Hehheehehe, I have to do a double take on that word too ;-)

And adipositivity is lovely!