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inspired by how I inspired someone else! (article translated from Spanish)


in googling myself, I discovered an anti-beauty-myth article using one of my photos as illustration. I am SO INSPIRED right now. It's in Spanish so I used babelfish to translate, and I love the way certain lines were translated:

Where it is left the diversity? As it is the place of intelligence, the tenderness, picardia, the force of the powerful character of the Venezuelan woman? To be "pretty", according to the criterion of our country, implies to extirpate the individuality, the weight I specify of our defects and virtues, that ineffable personal brightness that us makes only? I do not create it, I do not admit it, I resist to that idea.




The Prison's Stereotype

A few months ago, in connection with an exhibition on image advertising to be held at the University where I licencie, I was wondering how far Western women were still not locked in the male imagination. The bars, like all of this world that have disappeared clear profiles of the perpetrators, were symbolic, invisible, and thus more difficult to pinpoint. A prison surrounded by images blatantly false, and esteotipos filled with small samples of pure aesthetic bias. The idealization of women within the framework of an idea of perfection impossible and painful.

Uhmmmm ... that feeling of being completely inadequate in the midst of a general value.

I was further proof of this axiom, an occasion that expected by the subway from my city. Next to me, two women discussed aloud. One was very young - a teenager about 16 years - and the other, much larger, so assumed it would be the mother of the first. A little avergonzanda, I hastened to pretend we did not pay attention to their discussion, but of course, despite the desentendida and make me concentrate on the color of my shoes, I heard very clearly every word.


All relate to the conflict seemed kilos of more than exhibía girl younger. I must say, that I felt that his normal frame, perhaps a little out of shape physically. However, he called the Mother aloud their "thickness" señalandole with great cruelty "rolls of fat" that he dibujaban on trabilla of tight jeans that the girl was carrying. This last inclined his head, obviously dolida malsonantes by criticism that it should also bear in public. Incomoda and deeply disappointed, I walked away a few steps, while the woman continued shouting furious, requiring "being nice".

It is a shame to see that people are governed under criteria such absurdities as fat, slenderness, the color of hair or that the abstract concept of "beauty" that the Venezuelan appears to apply fairly lightly. An absurd autocracy of a pluralistic perspective, with hundreds of meanings and connotations as is the aesthetic personnel. Why must women adjust to a Platonic idea, born of a glorification of the male libido to feel validated in the value of our fisonomia? There is a national obsession by the slenderness of a search advertising, a sense of aesthetics totally false. As fotografa, I know every face and slim figure we see in an ad has gone through a series of touch-ups, ranging from delineate the factions, hide imperfections, stylizing the torsos, soften the footprints of years and old age in the body. The utopia of a pattern schematic that does no more than repeat the mistakes of a complex society clutched a nonexistent aesthetics.

Where is the diversity? What is the place of intelligence, gentleness, picardía, the strength of the powerful nature of the Venezuelan woman? Does being "pretty", according to the criterion of our country, involves removing individuality, the specific weight of our faults and virtues, such ineffable brightness staff that makes us unique?

I do not think so, not admit, I refuse to that idea.

Finally, the Metro came and I got the wagon echandole a last look at the mother and daughter. The girl with her head ladeada, watched a poster of a model where an alcoholic beverage exhibía their vertiginous curves with pride. The mother, her face tense, gesticulating continued. I felt a tremendous sadness, helplessness without a name, to think that women's self-esteem Venezuelan this subject in a manner as to the stiff plastic smile of an image unreal and processed under a concept of beauty cruel and destructive.

I refuse to accept this. In fact, rejection abdominally beauty of this scalpel and plastic. A battle blindly, of course, in a country determined to create a myth about the beauty of its women. But that does not matter to me really. The value of Venezuelan women transcends this two-dimensional image of itself, such that the surface creation and minimize acorrarla tries, but unable ever.

Unique, beautiful, unrepeatable. This is femininity in my country, and no one, even those sad aesthetic theorists who try to corner the curves and beautiful imperfections to create a single mold, it will never achieve change that thinking. -- Deirge



What is even more amazing? This particular photo has been stolen and desecrated TWICE by people attempting to show off their 'photoshop skills' at skinnifying me (I reported them for copyright theft and had the images removed from dA). There is some serious power in it, to provoke such reactions. I'm... gloriously stunned at the power of simple belief in the beauty of variety.

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aralis ══╣╠══
Your face looks really pretty in that picture.
belenen ══╣curvygirl -- me╠══
thanks :D
browneyedgirl65 ══╣╠══
THat's a gorgeous photo of you.

Do you want a proper translation done? The above gives the gist of it, but does miss a few spots...
belenen ══╣giving╠══
thanks!

I would love that! If you would be willing to go to all that trouble, I'd be very grateful! ;-)
bezigebij ══╣╠══
Interesting article. I've been thinking a lot about this issue of "being pretty" and how choosing to be feminine so often equates to choosing to be the "object" - the object of another's desire and affection. And objects don't possess individuality, or they only do in so far as they meet the criterias of an object. The idea that the entirety of a females worth is to seduce, is to be an object.

I'm sure to anyone who has delved into gender studies, these ideas are not new, but to me they are. And realizing these things, and especially how fully I've bought the whole concept, pisses me off. Yes, I bought the concept unwittingly, but I still bought it.

Have you ever read "The Second Sex" by Simone De Beauvoir? You might enjoy it.

It's a beautiful photograph of you, but you knew that already. ;)
phydeau ══╣╠══
I'm liking what bezigebij just said. I'm beginning to think that men may be (maybe only recently, but nonetheless) feeling similar pressure.

A) Women are very much right in trying to break that trend.
B) This country has devolved into such drooling-idiot consumers that even men, who were once "immune" to this effect that they're now becoming like the women of the past who actually had rules published in respectable magazines (read: That was fake, but the sentiment was real).

Seriously, though? No Fake articles? We have become so obsessed with image that we literally PAY to become walking advertisements for corporations! (Yes, if you own Abercrombie, think just a bit harder.)

I have an average body. I'm OK with that in front of people I already know and trust. The public image still makes me feel inferior.

It sucks, basically.

BTW, I think that picture may be the inspiration for the more creative and original drawing tribute to you. I love that expression and pose.
belenen ══╣curvygirl -- me╠══
thank you! I would be honored to be inspiration for your art ♥
belenen ══╣feminist╠══
And realizing these things, and especially how fully I've bought the whole concept, pisses me off.

I know the feeling!

Never heard of that book but I just looked it up and oh my God/dess, the review left by one person absolutely made me cry. thank you ♥ am definitely adding it to my wishlist.
mustangeddie ══╣Sally╠══
A most beautiful photo!! BUT perfect just the way it is!!!
belenen ══╣curvygirl -- me╠══
thanks! I agree!
redarmy_pariah ══╣╠══
that's amazing!!! your post just made my day!
belenen ══╣curvygirl -- me (cynosure)╠══
yay! *spreads the inspiration around*
austentatious ══╣╠══
That photo is beautiful! I'm glad that it was put to good use in the article. Congratulations on being an inspiration! :D

I can't believe that there are people who have Photoshopped your pictures in that manner, though. How utterly offensive and rude.
belenen ══╣shock╠══
thank you!

yeah, no kidding. *rolls eyes* even more ironic, they didn't think I'd be offended.
bellerisa ══╣╠══
That's a nice google surprise! :D

I can't believe people took it upon themselves to skinnify you!
belenen ══╣shock╠══
yeah it was!

I know, wtf!
tralfamadore ══╣╠══
Oh wow. I don't believe I had ever seen this photograph of you before, and it leaves me absolutely breathless. Is there any wonder it has been such an inspiration? I am so gloriously happy for you to have given and received this gift.
belenen ══╣giving╠══
oh, thank you so much! ♥
bert255101 ══╣╠══
you look so pretty in that picture! Why would anyone want to muck around with it- it's perfect!

I've tried googling myself, and all that comes up are pages from pageants I've won. I think this post really put that in a weird dichotomy. Not exactly inspiring, you know?
belenen ══╣confused╠══
thanks! I pity the poor brainwashed people who think thinner is better. *shakes head, rolls eyes*

!!! that is an odd dichotomy. I can't imagine what it must be like to be in a pageant. Do you still do that?
bert255101 ══╣╠══
well, I haven't been in one in a couple years. I always did well but they left me feeling bad about myself anyways. I enjoyed getting dressed up and doing the talent portion and just being on stage but being compared to other people just made me feel crummy no matter how big my crown was.
darkpool ══╣╠══
That's so cool, you inspired an article. That picture is amzingly gorgeous
belenen ══╣curvygirl -- me (organic)╠══
yeah, very cool! and thanks!
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