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Old 31st December 2010   #5
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Default Re: Aesthetics of Guilt

Originally Posted by HSG
We frequently use every one of the terms that the writer lists to describe the beauty of full-figured models. We deem them "soft," "voluptuous," "sensuous," and "gentle." However, we also laud the "languorous sensuality," of plus-size models, their "seductive laziness," their "exciting wickedness," their "alluring greed." For there is nothing intrinsically negative about the latter set of terms.

On the other hand, there is nothing whatsoever that is intrinsically positive about the second set of characteristics that the writer attributes to emaciated models. "Disciplined" is what one says of a guard dog. "Controlled" is equivalent to robotic. "Hard working" sounds joyless. "Starved" is tragic. "Restrained" seems pleasureless. "Cold" feels brittle. "Hard" inhuman. And "self-sacrificing" is simply pitiable.

How could anyone prefer these latter characteristics, and a look that betokens them, to the infinitely warmer and more wonderful qualities that fuller-figured beauty evokes?

I strongly agree. I simply cannot understand how anyone, having associated the second set of characteristic with minus-size models, could find anything to admire in those attributes. One would think that those impressions would make an androgynous, emaciated model even less appealing. Who would want to live like that?

On the other hand, every impression that the writer associates with plus-size models, both the supposedly morally "good" ones and the supposedly morally "bad" ones, makes the full-figured girls seem even more beautiful and desirable. A woman would want to experience those pleasures in her own life. A man would want to be with someone who is so utterly sensual.

What a glorious thing it would be if the increasing popularity of plus-size model were to help society finally free itself of the "aesthetics of guilt" (and the sensations of guilt that underlie those aesthetics), and rediscover the richer values of Classicism, of the Renaissance, of the Baroque, of Romanticism...of every era in Western history prior to our own.
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