So, this essay is from Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. Found on pages 67-76. TRIGGER WARNING for Rape, Rape Apologism, Victim Blaming, and Fat Shaming.
Anyway, this essay really resonated with me. I had to type it all out right away. It is pretty long, but definitely worth a read if you have the time. I’ll be posting a processing post in a bit. Basically I’m going to be live-blogging this book and the incredible things I’m finding in it. I love it.
You should absolutely read the whole thing, but there was part of it that I just had to copy out:
Of all the maddening side effects of our narrow cultural beauty standard, I think the worst might be the way it warps our understanding of attraction. The reality is, attraction is unpredictable and subjective – even people who are widely believed to meet the standard do not actually, magically become Objectively Attractive. […] Ain’t no such thing as a person who’s categorically hot in the opinion of every single person who sees them. But that’s exactly what we’re trained to believe: “Hot” is an objective assessment, based on a collection of easily identifiable characteristics.
Everything about this. The fact that the figures are female-presenting. The fact that Nature’s dress has a train that pools on the ground. That Nature is wearing a mask. That Humanity is wearing something so simple. That Humanity is only able to stand because zie is supported by Nature. The grain in Humanity’s hair.
Click-through to read a description of this piece written by the artist.
Glad this is on DeviantArt. I love the way Humanity’s feet are limp and slightly curled; visually, it’s beautiful, but it also shows that she’s not even standing on her own.
this is incredible! Nature, though mysterious, is what supports us. Humanity’s closed eyes say to me that Humanity does not know/will not acknowledge/is not aware of Nature’s importance.
Clive Barker (Galilee)