Monday, January 17, 2011

The Fat Body (In)visible

This documentary about being a fat woman is a must-watch. It should not surprise me that people judge the humanity of others based on appearance. But it still does shock me. This is a good thing, I think. I would hate to become jaded about bias and hatred--to think it normal or expected.

I like these women. They simply seem likable. And smart. And they are beautiful. Oh, to have the one interviewee's pretty, clear skin. And I love her retro style. It is depressing that some people won't value them for who they are, but will only see "fat."

And I tell you, as a woman who more closely resembles the naked bodies in this video than the ones we usually see, I love the opening and closing photo montages of large bodies. It is beautiful to see curves and rolls and folds presented lovingly as beautiful. Because you know most women have these things, but they are airbrushed away thereby convincing us that our bodies are wrong.

What do you think?

(via Where There's A Will There's A Way)

Some images NSFW

the fat body (in)visible from Margitte Kristjansson on Vimeo.


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