State of the Linds

Body Positive Art and Blogging

archiemcphee:

British artist Benjamin Shine uses giant sheets of tulle fabric and a hot iron to create expressive textured portraits that range from iconic figures like Andy Warhol and Elizabeth Taylor to an astonishingly detailed rendering of a pair of elderly hands. Delicate swathes of tulle appear to miraculously coalesce into bewitchingly beautiful faces as though they were oracles taking shape within fragile clouds of smoke.

Shine says, “The idea of ‘painting with fabric’ led to the development of this technique where the portrait image is created through the intricate pleating and pressing of a single length of tulle fabric. The technique aims to utilize the translucent qualities of the tulle fabric to generate various gradients, tones and textures.”

Visit Benjamin Shine’s website to check out more of his enchanting tulle portraits.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

(via sparker1)

the fact that “love your body” rhetoric shifts the responsibility for body acceptance over to the individual, and away from communities, institutions, and power, is also problematic. individuals who do not love their bodies, who find their bodies difficult to love, are seen as being part of the problem. the underlying assumption is that if we all loved our bodies just as they are, our fat-shaming, beauty-policing culture would be different. if we don’t love our bodies, we are, in effect, perpetuating normative (read: impossible) beauty standards. if we don’t love our individual bodies, we are at fault for collectively continuing the oppressive and misogynistic culture. if you don’t love your body, you’re not trying hard enough to love it. in this framework, your body is still the paramount focus, and one way or another, you’re failing. it’s too close to the usual body-shaming, self-policing crap, albeit with a few quasi-feminist twists, for comfort.

on “loving your body” (via silkchemise)

Pretty sure I’ve reblogged this before, but the sentiment still rings true. White supremacy makes me feel ugly as shit 99% of the time, and in the moments where I express my feelings of ugliness to feminist friends I am met with “why don’t you love yourself better?” “Omg you need a lots of self care” (which i dont always have the luxury of time/money for) and the worst of them, “Honey I think something’s really wrong with you, you need professional help :(“

Man, fuck that shit. The only “help” I need is good friends who want to help tear down the system with me. More often then not, however, my self-esteem dips and emotional responses to systemic oppressions usually result in my being told I’m not doing a good enough job of loving myself, instead of recognizing that we live in a world that makes it virtually impossible for marginalized (fat, brown, differently abled) folks to love our bodies in the first place.

(via tothedirigible)

Important

(via iamoffendedbecause)

Interestingly enough I tried to make this very conversation in my thesis paper for my masters degree. To address the factors that shape how we see especially the ones that affect us negatively. I was told that it was overdone and I didn’t need do it. What bullshit.

(via boudicas-favorite-jam-recipe)

bless-edrecovery:

ITS REALLY COOL HOW YOU CAN LITERALLY JUST CHOOSE RECOVERY AT ANY TIME

YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT TO BE A CERTAIN WEIGHT

YOU DON’T NEED TO GO TO INPATIENT

YOU DON’T NEED SOME BIG WATERSHED DIVIDING SICKNESS AND RECOVERY

YOU COULD JUST DO IT

YOU COULD JUST START

(please do)

(via fullbodiedlovin)

weirdlyshaped:

mcmandie:

You don’t need to take up less space to be worth more. 
You don’t need to take up less space to be worth more. 
You don’t need to take up less space to be worth more. 

From weirdlyshaped, here

Thanks to mcmandie for this lovely post!

weirdlyshaped:

mcmandie:

You don’t need to take up less space to be worth more.
You don’t need to take up less space to be worth more.
You don’t need to take up less space to be worth more.

From weirdlyshaped, here

Thanks to mcmandie for this lovely post!

Female Bodies: A Weighty Issue

fozmeadows:

Hypothesis:

We have, as a society, such a completely disordered, distorted perception of female bodies that the vast majority of people are incapable of recognising what “overweight” actually looks like on a woman, let alone “healthy”. As such, we’re now at a point where women are not only…

(Source: fozmeadows.wordpress.com)