Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fat Beauty

Of what does fat beauty consist?

There is an entire section devoted to "Beauty" in Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly. There are two schools of thought on this issue. One is that people should not care about the appearances of others to begin with unless they discern actual sickness from another's appearance and wish to call medical personnel. The other school is that of widening diversity in perceptions of beauty in response to being brainwashed for years about only thin bodies being beautiful.

Some poets in the Fat Acceptance movement use different words and combinations of words to describe and evoke the beauty of fat bodies and even of weather and nature. Roundness and softness, luscious curves, skin, the desert, drops of water on a full body, richness of skin, rounded and double chins - all these and many many more rethink and rewrite beauty and especially the rich and tempting contours of fat lusciousness.

It is also rather nice to see large and plus sized models in magazines in clothes that we might realistically think of buying. Yet another addition to the possibilities of considering ourselves beautiful. Sculpture depicting fat people heroically and sensually helps to create and add to images of fat beauty.

Fat and beautiul - two words which are seen together much more often than they were ten years ago.

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