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A new documentary is telling the stories of burlesque dancers and revealing just how empowering getting naked can be.
Directed by James Lester, “Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story” follows five professional burlesque dancers over the course of four years living and working in New York City. The film features Gal Friday, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Perle Noire, Hazel Honeysuckle and Minnie Tonka.
“Getting Naked” highlights the bright lights and distinct style of the 100-year-old performance art, while also showing the dancers’ family life and struggles with relationships outside of work.
“Fat and flat” was the assigned label I was given in eighth grade by one of my online exes — a little gem to remind me that I was a plus size woman with small boobs. “Utterly horrified” and “crushed” don’t begin to explain how I felt. At this point in my life, I was hiding behind MySpace angles and chest-up photos, hoping that nobody would discover what I truly was. I was (and remain) fat and flat. Eventually, though, I had to stop hiding that fact formyself.
It wasn’t until I found spaces on the Internet that revealed people who actually kind of looked like me that I began to see that I might actually be … OK. I had no idea that someone like me was capable of love, success, or joy, and was under the impression that I was just an unfortunate “pretty faced” girl whom people would constantly have to find redeemable traits in to make up for my physical being.
“Being fat could harm your health!”
We come across these fat-shaming comments all the time – and we’re seeing right through them. This sarcastic comic lets a fat-shamer speak for himself – revealing that his comments aren’t at all helpful or insightful, in spite of what he thinks.
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
McGuiness tested positive for the BRCA1 genetic mutation when she was 25, which meant she had a high risk of developing breast cancer, she told BuzzFeed Life. She was getting screened every six months and decided to get a preventative bilateral mastectomy when she was 30, even earlier than the doctors suggested.
On the last MRI before her surgery, they found something. The biopsy results came back with stage 1 ductal breast cancer (ER/PR positive, HER2 negative, grade 3). “In a strange way it was comforting,” said McGuinness. “I didn’t have to question if I was making the right choice by removing them.”
She decided to document the experience — from before her mastectomy to after reconstruction surgery — with an unconventional photo series.
Many adult film stars enter the industry as soon as they turn 18. But Kitty Stryker waited until she was 26. “I had done other types of sex work, like professional domination and escorting,” she told Mic.
“But I didn’t think there was a place for me in porn.”
The mere mention of the word “female porn star” conjures up a painfully stereotypical image of a big-breasted blonde woman whose flat stomach and soft features embody society’s impossibly high beauty standards, a blank slate onto which viewers can project their most generic sexual fantasies.
But Stryker does not fit this description. Instead, she’s a self-proclaimed “fierce fat femme” with a specific vision for how she fits into the porn industry. “I really want to make porn that feels accessible, smart, playful and fun,” she recently told Mic. “And I want to be the kind of artist who makes you think while you jerk off.”
She’s not the only one. There are a number of plus-size porn stars who are currently redefining the sexuality of larger women and proving that great sex isn’t just for skinny girls. Among them is the star who inspired Stryker to get into the industry in the first place, April Flores.