Body Images and gender stereotyping.

There is a hugely interesting project on body images here: http://www.thebodyimages.com/

I commend the creation of a project, by the female photographer, which has nearly naked bodies as it's subject, and of all shapes and sizes, although quite why they're all wearing pants is anyone's guess. This snippet is from the "About" page on the project web site, and explains some of the rationale: "By photographing the diversity of the female body, Jes' hopes were to empower women by embracing all beauty and educating others while eradicating exclusivity."

However, besides the fact that the photos ARE good, and the models clearly enjoying themselves, perhaps it would be better if "The Body Images" project were either renamed to "The Female Body Images" project *or* included male bodies as well. Why is it always women being photographed "for beauty"?

I have a another great book here called "The Century Project" by a male photographer, and it's a fantastic book full of naked body images from every age from 1 to 100 years old - what a cool idea! Many of them are disabled in some way, or fat, or ugly, many are also beautiful, simply a huge and interesting mixture. They are all, every one of them, very good photos, and it makes a very special collection (1-100). But again, all female, of course.

Why?

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  1. The Century Project sounds more interesting. Would like to see the exhibit. The story of Nora shows why a clothing only world is inherently wrong.

    Nora, 11

    “My mother was charged with child pornography for taking pictures of me in the bathtub when I was 8 years old. She has not been allowed to photograph me naked since then. The prosacuter said she had committed a crime, but the only crime I saw was committed by him when he refused to agknoledge her right as mother to document her daughter’s development.

    Sometimes during the case I was so scared and worried that I could barely get through the day. Other kids tormented me in the playground,

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