Anyway, the photo(s) were taken by Leonard Nimoy depicting some seriously obese nude women in various artistic poses (they're not naughty guys - but read on anyway...) with the message that women should reclaim their bodies ~ their "Goddess-like" forms...yada yada. Now, why is "yada" not considered a proper word? The little red squiggly underline just screamed at me and "yada" has been around longer than "Facebook"...hmm?
|Full Body Project and Photo by Leonard Nimoy|
Folks (mostly Pagan/Witchy women) were commenting at how beautiful and wonderful the photos and their subjects were...with all kinds of eloquent words to describe how thrilled they were at Nimoy's artistic photography, the admiration they felt toward the models, and so on, but I didn't "get it". In fact, I had found that viewing the photos actually raised the bile up into my throat a bit. Granted, I am NOT an artist, so perhaps that is why I'm missing the point.
The term, "goddess" has several noble definitions...none of which mentions being larger (or smaller) than a healthy weight...yet, some stores will refer to the plus sized clothing as "goddess sizes". Among the definitions are:
A female being of supernatural powers or attributes, believed in and worshiped by a people;
A woman of great beauty or grace.
So I asked myself, "what exactly is beauty? grace?". As if a film were playing in my head, "grace" was NOT the term that came to mind when I imagined the woman above trying to get into (or out of) this pose. To me, "beauty" is apparent when any person of any size (preferably clothed at the time) walks confidently and responsibly through life, caring for herself and her environment with inspiring words and actions intended to positively influence or affect life around her...and in order to do that effectively, she (or he - not trying to be gender-biased here folks), must first respect herself, be comfortable in her own skin for who she is, and willing to "be the change she wishes to see in the world".
I have failed to comprehend how embracing unhealthy obesity (or self-starvation...either one) is being "Goddess-like". How would this be beneficial to an individual...or to those who admire her? True, I am guilty of indulging in the realms of the "Bacardi Goddess" and "Marlboro God" far too often, yet, in my defense, I recognize the horrors I've inflicted upon myself over the years and take steps (every day, I might add) to create and maintain a healthy "balance".
While the women depicted in the "beautiful" photos by Nimoy are likely attractive and goddess-like within, in order to truly be goddess-like; to reclaim their healthy feminine forms; they would need shovels to gather themselves up into massive piles in order to DO something "goddess-like" about their current physical states.
So, yes, accept yourself in the skin you're in but please don't defile the Gods and Goddesses by failing to love yourself enough to try and CARE for your body or mind...by failing to try and emulate Them...nor by leading others to believe that being obese is what being a "Goddess" really means.