And that would shut people down and restrict their own ability to see themselves in my writing and my pictures. ukrainian nude beach neptune festival photo believe how many women have written to me telling me that we’ve virtually indistinguishable bodies, and if I revealed my face, I’d lose that sort of open-door, “I could be anyone” feeling. Unexpectedly I ‘d become a person instead of just a body or an idea.
So in a way, it is provided a more open communication with others?
BtoB: Absolutely.I believe that had I shown my face from the start, the project would never have gained as much impetus. Or at least not with the same sort of “body positivity” crowd. I may be incorrect, obviously, but at this point I am rather stuck on my decision to remain anonymous.
It’s a trick that many fashion companies use online for e-commerceby not revealing the face of the model, the consumer is less likely to judge a piece of clothing based on the model wearing it.
Out of interest, do you believe your family and friends would be taking of the project if they knew?
BtoB: Yes and no. Or, rather, no and yes. No to family, yes to pals. Some of my buddies do understand, and the conversation usually goes something like, “Yeah, so I did a thing on the net where I’m taking photos of my body and it is sort of popular now and it’s kind of bizarre but cool and I enjoy it.”
Weird. Whatever.
My family, on the other hand would be a different story if they found out. I was raised in an extremely conservative Christian home, so that’s not actually something that they would take pride in, even if I ‘m helping people feel better about themselves.
Is it due to the nudity, the issues you discuss, or both?!
BtoB: And additionally that I am showing my naked body to the world for anyone to see. Pretty much everything related to my project is a tremendous infringement of how I was raised.
I am able to appreciate that coming from a very conservative, Christian household myself. Were you able to see regular women naked growing up? Or was that also a breach to what was perceived as “right”?
BtoB: Regrettably, I do believe that is quite standard for young girls. The amount of e-mails I get through Tumblr from women who tell me how much my story parallels theirs is astonishing. I think that generally when kids get to see nudity, it’s on TV if anything and it is movie star nudity which is a whole lot different than a naked person before your eyes. I definitely think this hurts women later in life because they’re never really sure what their body is “assumed” to look like and live in some kind of fear that it won’t match up with the thought that the individual they’re with has about the female body.
I am sure that extends to guys too, to a degree, but I also think it’s a lot more satisfactory for a little boy to run around naked with another little boy than for a little girl to say, “hey, let’s spread our legs and look at each others genitals!”
I never saw a nude girl growing up. I never even saw my mother naked. It was a “clothing at all times” home and you bathed by yourself if you were naked. Even swimming, I wasn’t allowed to wear a “showing” swimsuit to call any kind of attention to my body.
I’m supposing that nudity was connected explicitly to sexuality afterward, even if that was not communicated directly? And finally, that was not a favorable message. Do you hope that to a certain measure your website helps women, and even girls, to see a bit of “reality” that isn’t sexually charged?
BtoB: Yeah, it was the whole “nudity equals sex” notion as well as the “god wants you to cover your body” notion.
I do expect that my blog helps individuals see a little piece of reality that stands outside of the universe of porn and sex and celebs and is only an open, honest portrait of a woman who has gone through the same things they’re going through. And even if they can not talk to their mom about it or their friends about it, it’s a little affirmation that THERE’S someone out there who realizes what they’re going through and made it out on the other side and is still learning and maturing.