Wednesday, 31 August 2011

NORMAL WOMAN FIGHTS BACK!!

OK stand well back - because I was flipping STEAMING when I made this page! I've been getting increasingly cross with articles in magazines or items on TV suggesting that we should all be waxing or otherwise depilating practically every hair on our bodies. Add this to the nasty concept of submitting to surgery just to force our bodies into some kind of "ideal" standard, and I finally went off like a volcano. You just can't keep a good old fashioned feminist down!

So I began with this drawing of my entirely normal size 14 (UK) 56 year old body. I'm not ashamed of it, even though I have made it crinkly with over-use! I will not be bullied by body facism into feeling that normal is not acceptable. We come in all shapes and sizes and should be celebrating that, right?
You can see for yourself my thoughts on the subject, but I will apologise in advance to anyone who had to have a caesarian section for my comment "no need for surgery" because its in no way intended as any kind of criticism. It is meant to indicate that the wide pelvis which goes with my pear shape means that giving birth actually comes relatively easy to me, which is definitely something to celebrate right??
And then it was down to adding colour with the trusty Promarkers. I didn't go in for a lot of fancy decoration here because I wanted the message in sharp, clear focus. I do seem to be doing a lot of ranting lately, but I feel so strongly that our young women and girls are being given all the wrong messages, and we HAVE to counteract it.


19 comments:

Sue said...

Well said that normal woman!!

flutterbycrafter said...

Absolutely fantastic, I agree with all you've said, but what a stunning page, love it xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

My sentiments exactly! Love your journal style and this page especially !

Traceyr said...

Here, here more power to your journalling elbow! :)

Barbara Hagerty said...

*LOVE THIS POST* Would shout that louder, if I could!

alexa said...

Brilliant! I'm right with you. And waisted comfy pants rule OK in my world!

Suzy said...

Sloggis & fitflops rule ok. You just made another 56 year old laugh and I'v egot loads of wrinkly bits to laugh about !

Sue said...

Spoken like a true fifty something woman. Nearly choked on my toast and marmite - lol. Hope you're OK

'The Crafting Owl' said...

Rosie I lust love your page. I'm one of the stick thin brigade who constantly gets told that I must be anorexic because I'm thin - not true, its just my body and how I am - a natural stick! And I have a good apetite. You go girl :0)

ally said...

fantastic page, and totally agree i watch my 8yr old daughter worrying about her size, she tall for her age but having a 6ft mum she would be. rant over!!!!

Patty said...

Nice info! Thanks for sharing this with us.

Muckypup said...

Mwah! I love you for this! I have always been curvy and mostly ok with it, but every now and again... I need to see something like this. Love it.

Beacee said...

Fantastic!

Jackie said...

I will have to keep this in mind as I brazen it out next week on a Greek Island!

med kärleksfull hand said...

I soooo love it, and it´s sooooo true. May I copy?

alexa said...

Just popping in - haven't 'seen' you for a while and hoping all is OK with you ...

Henny said...

I love your blog! And this one is very beautiful.
Henny

Judith aka materialgirl said...

Hurray for the normal woman. What a fantastic page

BelieversCreativeAuthority said...

Girl, don't you know it! I guess we all are feeling the same thing! Who do they think they are kidding.