I love Pinterest. I venture there for dinner ideas, color inspiration, blogging tips, and DIY’s that’ll make the NAILED IT board. Future PHD in Pinning? Inevitable.
I’ve been a Pinterest addict long enough that every time spring rolls around, my feed is overloaded with images of women’s bare abs, hips, legs, rear ends, and chests all under a similar caption of “5 ways to Get Your Body Beach-Ready.”
I love that Pinterest is available for women and men to utilize for their fitness goals. I love seeing that we have a common interest in staying healthy and fit.
What I don’t love is seeing photographs of women’s bare body parts, regardless of the purpose of the pin.
Another virtual indicator that spring and summer are ’round the bend is that my 2 year old post, Why I Don’t Wear Bikinis, starts getting a lot of love in Google search activity. I’m not even going to share because rereading it makes me cringe with all the caps-locking and the awful writing. Not that I’m any better, but I have to keep telling myself that so that I can continue blogging. Right.
Maybe I’m crazy by jumping to this conclusion, but judging from the terms searched which lead to my blog, and from what I see on social media outlets, there seems to be this struggle among young women about what is modest, and what message we might send by what we wear, while also feeling like women shouldn’t feel pressured to have to submit to those restraints. And I know that was a run-on sentence and that I started this sentence with and but I’m on a time constraint: dinner approacheth and the Gnawing of the Ankles draws nigh.
To belay the reputation that because I’m Catholic, I must view naked body parts as “dirty” or “sinful”, I reply that I view the human body completely opposite of that prejudice: I’ve sat many an hour sketching nude models in figure drawing classes. I’m not afraid of naked people. I understand the human body to be beautiful, in all forms, and is such a sacred creation, that the way social media portrays it, as a mere thing to be looked at, like a handbag or a pair of shoes, we find ourselves in danger of forgetting the context of who is the human body.
While wishing to stay physically fit can come from healthy motivation, I feel that lines become blurred when we share even fitness images and articles which reflect having “sexy beach body” in the context of displaying ourselves to be looked at by everyone.
Maybe I’m the world’s most uptight prude, but I’m throwing those thoughts out there anyway.
Blahblahblah– all of that to arrive at this powerful talk, given by author and fashion designer, Jessica Rey. I stumbled across her talk about a year ago from Stephanie‘s blog and I still love watching it. Rey discusses the fashion history of the bikini, but more strikingly, Rey questions what kind of power women take on when they choose to wear revealing clothing. Her talk, I think, makes a connection on how to be more deliberate in what we wear if we want to be viewed with dignity. Which I think is more valuable than having that hot beach bod.
Enjoy, and please leave me your thoughts!