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Fit is a Feminist Issue, Link Round Up #23

This is where we share stuff we can’t share on Facebook page for fear of being kicked out! Read why here. Usually the posts are about body image, sometimes there’s nudity but we’re all adults here. Right?

By the way, Facebook recently clarified its stance on nudity, writing, “We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks. We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures and other art that depicts nude figures.” For the full story see here.

Why does a fitness blog even care about body image? You can read about that here.

Kate T. Parker’s “Strong Is The New Pretty” Challenges Traditional Beauty Standards For Young Girls

One of the most pressing concerns for parents in our extremely media-influenced age is trying to communicate the right messages to young girls about body image and self-esteem. Impressionable young girls are often conditioned to think that they should draw their confidence from their physical appearance — their clothes, makeup, the way that they style their hair are portrayed as being more important than anything else about them. I mean, we all know the deal: The world is basically an overwhelming hammer of messages meant to convince malleable little minds with often damaging ideas what how they should look, who they should be, and all the many, many things that are “wrong” with them. But the powerful “Strong Is The New Pretty” photo series challenges traditional notions of what makes little girls awesome, depicting young girls who are empowered not by their looks, but by living their fullest, most fearless lives.

Striking Photos Challenge Us To See Beyond Restrictive Beauty Standards

Society has crossed the line when it comes to the pressures placed on women to attain an unattainable level of physical “perfection.” California-based photographer Terrance Smalls draws that line very clearly in his new photo collection, “Line Series.”

“We live in a society where women are constantly being stripped down and evaluated, without physically being stripped down,” Smalls wrote on his website. “Well, what does it look like when we actually strip women down and evaluate their physical ‘shortcomings?’ How insane does it look? How uncomfortable does it make us feel? The purpose of this series was to find out.”

 Is extreme plastic surgery a new kind of beauty?

This provactive photo series by conceptual artist Mr Toledano explores the technological impact that radical plastic surgery has on our modern concepts of beauty. Entitled “A New Type of Beauty,” the images feature subjects who’ve undergone a massive amount of reconstructive surgery, but they’re not mocked or judged in this piece.

He writes on his website: “I’m interested in what we define as beauty, when we choose to create it ourselves … Perhaps we are creating a new kind of beauty. An amalgam of surgery, art, and popular culture? And if so, are the results the vanguard of human induced evolution?”

These Powerful #FreeTheNipple Photos Challenge the Way We Sexualize Women’s Breasts

Women across Iceland took a powerful stand on social media last week by posting pictures of their breasts, using the #FreeTheNipple campaign to reclaim control of their bodies.

The movement, which aims to desexualize women’s breasts by posting ordinary pictures of exposed nipples on social media, has been around for almost a year. But it gained national momentum last week after a 17-year-old, Adda Þóreyjardóttir Smáradóttir, received vicious backlash for posting a picture of her breasts. Her photograph was in direct response to a picture one of her male friends posted of himself without a shirt. The Independent translated her Icelandic Facebook post: “It was difficult and I had to delete the picture for a few minutes, but it was enough to start a revolution.”

Rather than being greeted with enthusiasm, Smáradóttir received misogynistic threats. Outraged feminists, male and female alike, came to her defense by posting pictures of their nipples.



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