Re: ''Beauty, delight, and joy''

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Posted by Lara on March 14, 2005 at 23:34:03:

In Reply to: ''Beauty, delight, and joy'' posted by HSG on March 14, 2005 at 07:32:47:

I have noticed in looking at art through the ages, that when the artist is trying to depict joy and just a general love of life, the models are often very curvaceous.

Artists who are depicting more stoic scenes, focussing on self deprivation or punishment or just plain denial of the physical world, tend to depict thinner women.

It is almost as though, in art, lushness in women represents joy and celebration of life. And some people have theorized that the current thin aesthetic arises from the culture's desire to restrict the celebration of life in women, to chain them in new ways, since modern day women have broken free of some of the chains of prior eras. Women should realize the oppressive chains of the modern aesthetic, and work to break them themselves.

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