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M. Lopez
6th May 2006, 21:07
Someone posted recently about the terminology used to describe today's romantic haristyles, and how the subtext of this "voluptuous" language is a secret desire to celebrate timeless, full-figured, feminine beauty - which many people secrely feel, but can't quite yet admit to themselves.

I perceived the same subtext in the following article, about the growing admiration of women's appearance during pregnancy:

http://www.themonitor.com/SiteProcessor.cfm?Template=/GlobalTemplates/Details.cfm&StoryID=12989&Section=Valley%20Life

Consider the opening paragraph:


"For many women, there’s something inherently sexy about a woman’s body when she’s pregnant. Her body is softer, curvier and has that special glow."


The statement equates "inherently sexy" with a women's body when it is "softer, curvier and has that special glow" (which is a sign of progress in its own way, since the author is implicitly acknowledging that the opposite, "harder and flatter" is NOT sexy).

But the same description also applies to women's figures when their size increases through natural weight gain in general ("Sexy girls have dessert"). The same "softer, curvier" appearance develops when a woman goes up a dress size, and even the "glow" is often there. Why should one type of increased femininity be applauded, and the other not?

It's a shame that what should be a normal aesthetic reaction to a more feminine appearance is still only acknowledged when it is "justified" by a woman's pregnancy.

The article desribes how women are "getting more comfortable within themselves and see the beauty in it". One can only hope that someday, women will feel this way about becoming fuller-figured under any circumstances. Even the photograph that accompanies the article would look lovely as a plus-size model photo, perhaps modified as a lingerie editorial.

I think we're on the doorstep of true size celebration - not quite there yet, but very close...

HSG
10th May 2006, 15:22
It's a shame that what should be a normal aesthetic reaction to a more feminine appearance is still only acknowledged when it is "justified" by a woman's pregnancy.
That is precisely the issue. Few people realize (or admit) that when they experience a positive aesthetic reaction to a woman's appearance during pregnancy, what they are actually responding to is the beauty that comes with developing a more opulent, fuller-figured look. The pregnancy itself is only incidental.

But in a culture that is dominated by a thin-supremacist media, which continually expresses hostility towards plus-size beauty, most women have internalized an unnatural moral antipathy to luscious curves. They have been brainwashed into thinking that indulgence is a vice, rather than a virtue. Pregnancy is accorded a special category, temporarily outside these moral strictures, and women have been taught that it allows them to (temporarily) suspend their moral judgment of womanly fullness. In effect, pregnancy offers women a temporary "excuse" to be beautiful.

Let us hope that in time, this "excuse" is no longer needed, and society acknowledges that a <i>"softer, curvier"</i> appearance is the epitome of femininity, under <i>any</i> circumstances, and at <i>all</i> times of their lives.

The soft, curvy beauty of Christina Schmidt (clipped from <a href="http://www.torrid.com/store/product.asp?LS=0&RN=204&ITEM=519633" target="_blank">this</a> lovely image at Torrid):<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/cs/torrid31.jpg"></center>