Starved of a Realistic Female Body Image? Flesh & Curves this way…

By

29th Dec, 2011

Hi there. Don’t be shy, yes that’s a boobie and a curvy waist you just saw, we’re going to be looking at a lot of those in a moment.

For a few minutes today, I thought I’d give you a little time-out from what we’re used to being brainwashed with exposed to all over the world wide web, in magazines, on billboards on your way to work, and give your mind (male or female) a little refresher of what life was like before this ↓ kind of thing became the norm …

(sorry if this offends anyone but this is the reality of what we’re dealing with)

Take a close look at this diagram from the 16th century that shows the ideal symmetric shape of a woman …

Look, she has round, curvy hips…

and now lets take a look at soft boobies, tummies and bottom galore…

In the age of enlightenment, the ideal woman was round, curvaceous and plump, often exaggeratedly so.

It was a symbol of prosperity

health and fertility.

“Your navel is like a round goblet Which never lacks mixed wine; Your belly is like a heap of wheat fenced about with lilies.”

-Song of Solomon

This passage is part of a love song from the Old Testament.

“My beauty as the spring doth yearly grow; My flesh is soft and plump, my marrow burning”.

-from Venus and Adonis, by William Shakespeare

Kind of refreshing isn’t it?

This healthy aesthetic was still going strong well into the 20th century …

but then came this…

and then this…

until this ↓ was a distant memory

Today, a body type that less than 5% of women around the world actually have, is the only one we ever see.

Is anyone else bored?

Out of 3 million people, only 8 will fit the mold of what we consider ‘supermodel’ today.

If you weren’t born with this body type, trying to make yourself look like this is about as easy as trying to make yourself taller.

If we were exposed to a more relevant body image on a regular basis …

 

wouldn’t we all be just that little bit more confident and happier about our own bodies?

Ladies … AND Gentlemen

What would YOU rather be looking at? Hungry for something a little more interesting?

(the hyper-sexualisation of women in advertising is obviously a whole separate can of worms which I’ve touched upon here as well…)

Why Dieting totally and absolutely sucks

What happens when you play with natural beauty

You might also like

Comments

More in Conversation StartersDon't Be A TouristEditor's PicksHow to start a subcultureLife is MessyOff-Beat & Little Known

Hot Off the Press

Editor's Picks

paristrains

Last Train to Paris

Take the most romantic city in the world and the most romantic way to travel, put the two together and you've got my attention. Paris was the original starting point for the legendary Orient Expres...

Trending 327
102657544_Johnniac_user_console_0009-4-as-Smart-Object-1-copy-550x550

Antique Computer Nostalgia

At the rate computer technology is advancing, photographer Mark Richards' collection of computers are indeed historical. These machines are officially antiques. As someone that enjoys pressing but...

Trending 635
Bohemian_Grove_Camp_-_Garnett,_Sterling,_London

Bohemian Grove: The Secret Society Summer Camp

I just spent the morning finding out everything I can on the Bohemian Grove. For two weeks every summer, the 2,700 acre secured private camp in the Ancient Redwood Forest of Northern California, pl...

Trending 1,612
playboypink

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CXC)

1. The socialite buried wearing a lace nightgown inside her 1964 Ferrari Sandra West was a Beverly Hills socialite and wife of Texas oil tycoon Ike West. When she made her will, she requested th...

Trending 2,761
antleroom

Inside the Shed of the Antlerman

I'm slightly nervous about posting this article. Not only am I a little freaked out by this place myself, but I have a feeling I might get some flak for it. The problem is, I'm completely in awe ...

Trending 3,273