"Maybe the best way to finally outlaw real, human, sexual bodies is to replace them with purified simulations. We’ve got our own heavy paper to paste over the indecent materiality of flesh: only ours are printed with porn. Behind that heavy paper, the punishment and shaming of women’s bodies -- of our breasts, our thighs, our asses -- hasn’t let up, in all these centuries, for a second."
Women--imagine for a moment how your life would be different if advertisements were replaced by real-life, first-person experiences with real, naked, female bodies.
Imagine if on your 14th birthday you were taken to the bath-house with your mother, your grandmothers, your aunts, your sisters, and all of your female role-models. Imagine that you all sat with only a towel between you and the wood, in the steam and the heat, no posturing or posing, only soft bellies and thighs pressed down taking up delicious space. Imagine being surrounded by naked, real women. Imagine that these women only spoke well of their own bodies--praising them for their capacities, strength, miraculous feats, stories, and all that they are. You were encouraged to look, to ask questions--about bodies, about menstruation, ovulation, the complexities of sex and love. Imagine you were encouraged to be confident, respectful, and never ashamed of your body. Imagine the woman you respected most stood before you bare, in all of her flaws, looked at you boldly in the eyes and told you emphatically that she was in love with her body.
How would you be different today?