But every now and then when I’m trying to sleep or if I’m waiting for a train while listening to a sad song I think of everyone at home and get this gut wrenching feeling. Not a sad feeling, but almost like a panicked or anxious feeling where your heart drops because for a brief moment I touched based with the fact that I’m essentially trying to maintain several long distance relationships and I can’t shake this feeling of isolation. The paranoia in me keeps saying that everyone is hiding things from me and bitching about me behind my back cause like…. I’m not there, right? +.+ ugh.
But then I keep reminding myself that I have it fucking made here and have met a lot of awesome new people and eventually the irrational anxiety subsides….. Before coming back at 1am on a Sunday night.
The thing about this is that sculptures like these in art history were for the male gaze. Photoshop a phone to it and suddenly she’s seen as vain and conceited. That’s why I’m 100% for selfie culture because apparently men can gawk at women but when we realize how beautiful we are we’re suddenly full of ourselves…
Girls don’t let anyone tell you loving yourself is vanity.
I agree with the message of this post, but I take serious issue with the statement I have bolded. Nudity gained a lot of momentum during the Renaissance period because it was a time of human discovery. After an extended period of religious oppression, artists were finally able to explore the human form. Men and women alike were depicted nude in a range of poses while both art and science made discoveries about human anatomy and aesthetics that had previously been suppressed. While artists did often explore notions of the ‘ideal body’, these explorations were in no way smutty, unrealistic or gender specific and certainly were not created with the intention of satisfying the ‘male gaze’.
The post makes a good point about how we view/respond to body confidence in women. De-contextualizing the intentions of what is (in my opinion) the most significant period in human scientific and artistic development was completely unnecessary and cheapens the argument.