My boyfriend pointed out a while ago that one could interpret this blog as merely a tease- you think you’re getting naked photos, but in return, you’re forced to read a feminist viewpoint. And, I guess he has a point.
So, why does this blog exist, and why does it combine nudity and feminism? There are several reasons.
The first reason is that my friends are tired of listening to my feminist and liberal rants. Most of the time, I’m preaching to the choir, anyway. This blog serves as an outlet for my ravings. They somehow seem much more intelligent when written down than when I’m spitting them out of my mouth at a mile a minute. They’re also missing the huge hand gestures and cursing that goes along with them in their original format, but this can be seen as a plus or a minus.
The second reason is that I love my body, and I love posing for nude photographs. At the moment, I’m not searching for modeling gigs, as I’m busy with other things, so I don’t want them to go unseen and unappreciated. What can I say, I’m vain, and I’ve also worked with some excellent photographers.
The third reason is to give a voice to something that is often objectified- the nude body. Whether it’s porn, art, or in between, these figures are usually silent. I know I can’t be the only one who finds images where one has at least a hint of who this person is or what the context was when it was created much more intriguing, as well as easier to appreciate on multiple levels.
The fourth and final reason is to help break the stereotype of feminism apart. There is so much negativity associated with something that, in reality, has done so much good for not only women, but men, too. Feminism is not the same as sexism. I believe that, although feminism usually fights for the needs and rights of women, as opposed to men, it benefits both sexes. I’ve always said that feminism isn’t just about girls who want to wear pants- it’s also about boys who want to wear skirts. For me, feminism is about breaking down stereotypes and rules, and being and acting as feminine, masculine, or androgynous as you want to be- regardless of your sex.
Here are some naked photos of me.
Photography by Ricky, January 2006.
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