Large Labia Project

“I have medium-large labia. I have meaty outer lips, & long thick inner lips. And my inner labia are different sizes. I love my labia. But some women don’t love theirs. Many women see unrealistic images and listen to misguided opinions and think their labia should be neat, small & invisible to be “normal”. This blog is all about fighting that view, by showing how perfectly normal and beautiful large labia are. Really they’re nothing special though, the average woman has them! Anyway I’ll show you mine & feel free to submit yours”.
Large Labia Project

Source: http://largelabiaproject.org/

Our Breasts

Our Breasts “celebrates the beautiful diversity of natural breasts, of all sizes, shapes, colours, ages and races. Breasts are such an important and integral part of what makes us feel feminine, sexual, and real women. By showing how all women are different, and uniquely special, as a gender we will be able to challenge the beliefs around what makes breasts beautiful. And in turn, we will be able to help women feel better about themselves. Help show the beauty of all women by contributing your breasts to this project”.Hi Emma, I’ve previously submitted to your large labia project tumblr, yet somehow I am finding submitting my breasts a hundred times more nerve-wracking. I guess boobs are so much more “out there”, whereas a vulva is still relatively rare outside porn! And everybody loves to have an opinion on boobs… I’m 39, and a 34A-B ish, depending on the time of the month. I’ve breast-fed two children. I used to hate being small, although I eventually came to realise that there are some advantages, specifically around clothing. After all, it is easier to add padding than it is to reduce breasts! However, while I’ve come to accept their size, on rare bad days I can still feel self-conscious about their shape - I’d love them to be a bit rounder and less tubular.  So thank you for this site, where I can remind myself on such days that we don’t all look like porn stars, and that actually that’s pretty cool.  x______________ Thanks for sharing your pretty breasts and being so brave. You’re wonderful, and really gorgeous. Honestly, I love your yummy mummy boobs. Be proud of them!!! :) Emmaxo

Source: http://ourbreasts.tumblr.com/

Body Loving Blogs

Socially constructed ideas of beauty lead several women to have serious self-confidence problems,  in many cases to mental and physical illness and perhaps to suicide. Nowadays, it is not uncommon to easily find anti-body shaming posts from people proud to be how they really are, not constantly worried about social acceptance and judgement. This kind of posts are frequently grouped on image sharing sites, such as the wide Tumblr platform, and are linked to personal blogs of body love and appreciation.

I Am Not A Number:

“Acceptance is one of the greatest challenges in life. This is a place of encouragement and support in learning to love ourselves.”

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“I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.”—<br /><br />
Oprah Winfrey<br /><br />

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“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”— <br /><br />
Amy Bloom<br /><br />

 

StopHatingYourBody:

“Our mission: to love ourselves, every last inch! To support others, help build positive self esteem! This is The Body Peace Revolution! This is a place of encouragement, a place to talk about body image, a place for feeling beautiful.”

TRIGGER WARNING: Anorexia, Bulimia, Self-Harm, Mental Illness<br /><br />
My name is Courtney, and I have been struggling with an eating disorder since I was 9 years old. It was then that I went on my first diet- and I have been in a constant cycle of anorexia and bulimia ever since. I also have chronic depression and anxiety, and I have a tendency to engage in self-harm along with my eating disorder. <br /><br />
Yet, you look at my body and do not see the stereotypical “anorexic” appearance. I have been told by my peers that I was lying about my disease because I am not skin and bones. I haven’t been taken seriously, and this has made me avoid getting help for so many years because I have convinced myself that as I am not skin and bones, I am not “worthy” of help.<br /><br />
And I’ve finally realized that’s a load of BS. I started treatment last week, and I’m ending the cycle starting now. <br /><br />
This is my body. It isn’t perfect. And I have been struggling to feel comfortable in it for a majority of my life now- but it is beautiful. It has survived years of abuse, bullying, emotional turmoil, and my two legs that I’ve always hated so much have carried me onwards through my life no matter how much I tore myself down. I’m ready to accept myself and love myself for exactly who I am. <br /><br />
Because I’m not just going to be another statistic, another victim of this thin-obsessed world.<br /><br />
I’m going to be better than society. <br /><br />
My URL: redheaded-love<br /><br />
BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!

“This is my body. It isn’t perfect. And I have been struggling to feel comfortable in it for a majority of my life now- but it is beautiful.” - Courtney

These are just two of the hundreds of blogs spread across the network, which are instances of hope and pride. They may help other people to have their own personal acceptance, first of all.

Sources: http://shapesizeandscale.tumblr.com/
http://stophatingyourbody.tumblr.com/
http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/body-love

Eating Journey (Confessions of a Reformed Eater)

“Outside the commercial field, an amateur experience that has gained the attention of the Western media is the blog Eating Journey (Confessions of a Reformed Eater) led by Michelle Gay. In the ‘Exposed’ section this young woman proudly displays her body and invites other blog users to do the same. In response to this invitation many women (but also a few men) have posted photos of their bodies showing that they share the rejection of those models that lead them to despise their own image just because it differs from the glossy perfection that dominates the covers of fashion magazines. Users of Eating Journey instead want to celebrate their body, most interestingly in the practice introduced by Gay of highlighting presumed flaws such as a large belly with slogans like: ‘where I carried a healthy baby for 9 months’. Perfection is therefore increasingly seen as a false virtue, a feature common only to creatures confined to the fictional media world and as far from everyday reality as much as the protagonists of fairy tales or the heroes of Greek mythology. As pointed out by one of the bloggers that have exposed themselves: ‘The Beautiful at any cost, the Perfect in all the sauces, make us tired and bored, for the simple reason that they don’t belong to our earthly life of vulnerable and transient beings, constantly moved by errors and full of flaws and lacks of every kind. Imperfection is our natural habitat: a physical, moral and social imperfection.’”

Web Aesthetics, p. 249 – 250 (note: 39).

http://eatingjourney.com/exposed