Nudity + Feminism = Awesome

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:04
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Actress Caitlin Stasey has launched herself.com, a feminist website where average women post nude portraits which she publishes with in-depth interviews about their experiences living in a male-dominated culture.

Caitlin poses the questions that dig into the heart of today's misogyny and I love it when women take control of their bodies and celebrate their nudity. Presenting yourself stripped down to your essense without thought to the pleasure of others is liberating, as Caitlin describes:

“Herself is a gesture to women for women by women, a chance to witness the female form in all its honesty without the burden of the male gaze, without the burden of appealing to anyone. These women are simply and courageously existing, immortalised within these photos.”

Beautiful site...beautiful women...LOVE

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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Positive and brave contribution

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 15:59
Martha (not verified)

I visited the site and feel these women are so brave to expose themselves so intimately. But the are correct. We should not have to hide our bodies nor our sexuality to fit in to a man's world view of us.
By expressing ourselves and expressing our sexual freedom by exercising it, we push against those chains that hold us back.

"Male-dominated?" Is there a

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:04

"Male-dominated?" Is there a female-dominated society somewhere? If not, then isn't it just "society?" Societies aren't male or female-dominated so much as religiously-influenced. Our's is a Christian nation like it or not. That means that the default religion either treats men and women equally or it doesn't. Christianity doesn't treat the sexes equally by any stretch of the imagination. The whole of the Bible in fact makes it quite clear men are to be superior, and women submissive. Without incorporating this fact into our appreciations of a society, roles wont make any sense. Hence, the assertion our's is a male-dominated society but without the explanation that the reason for that is our religious beginnings and how messed up religions usually are. The sooner we evolve beyond the need for myths and fairy tales and embrace reality as it is, the sooner the true equality of the sexes will be exposed.

Fairy Tales

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:04

Looking through at the website, the first thought that struck me is how far from the American average ie. US dress size 14 (UK 16) most of the women posting pictures seemed to be. They were all very beautiful but also (mostly) slim. Hopefully, it's just early days and a broader range of women will feel comfortable posting on the site going forward.

It seemed reasonable and not especially unusual to stress the patriarchal nature of the world we live in by using the descriptor "male-dominated" in the original post though maybe Jeffrey found it too much of a generalisation.

And whilst America can be described as a Christian country primarily, so is Sweden and other European countries with considerably more liberal attitudes towards  women, their bodies and sexuality.

There does seem to be something unique to American culture in terms of body-shaming women and especially their right to control their own bodies.

Herself.com

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:52

In a quick view of the site I can believe that it would be a positive resource for many women. I was heartened to see at least one woman, Alexis, who is not slender and who is nevertheless proud of herself and enjoys sex and her body. Her remarks give me a lot of hope---she is a believer in equality and self-determination and also survived a Catholic childhood without having her sexuality destroyed by a misogynistic and sex-hating church. Perhaps women who are relatively slender have received more positive feedback about their appearance during their lives and so feel more confident about putting their bodies on a web site for the world to see. In time this should change as more diverse women take part. What is more or less unique to America as a Western developed country is the disproportionate domination of our public policies and political discourse by ultra-conservative churches---churches that largely view women as subservient to men and have a horror of sex and the human body.

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