You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for your own pleasure.
John Berger Ways of Seeing (via spartanbitch)
This is super fucking relevant.
And why self portraits (selfies) are often such an act of self preservation and resistance.
Hahahaha this so much. I knew so many creeps who always idolized women’s bodies to the point of fetishizing it, but the second a girl showed any self-love? Oh, no, she’s foul.
That’s why when people call me vain or conceited I tear their throats out. Nobody loves me as much as me, shit.
I posted a photo of myself in a short black dress & some J Simp heels and IMPLIED that I thought I was cute.
Lost 8 followers instantly.
If we bring race into this and talk about how a BLACK woman can’t dare think she cute, we’d be here all day.
Damn cute I am gorgeous and thats often teh entire Point.
BEing gorgeous doesn’t HELP Black women, and often anything liek acknowledging that is treated liek something that must be eradicated.
You can’t liek yourself but you can hate other women.
Man let me not go off
I am constantly telling people how sexy I am and how I’m a goddess. Fuck anyone who says differently.
I read John Berger’s Ways of Seeing and About Looking when I was studying art history, and they changed my life. Those essays were the impetus of my foray into feminism and women’s studies. I highly, higly suggest them to anyone interested in art or media.