This is going to be ranty but if you follow me, you already know that that's kind of my thing. Yesterday my boyfriend sent me a screenshot of a status some girl on his Facebook had made saying "I will never understand how some girls' boyfriends allow them to post half naked pictures like wot" as a kind of tongue in cheek joke but honestly, it made me so mad! The idea that girls' bodies in anyway belong to their boyfriend is fucking disgusting and outdated. The idea that boys are entitled to their 'goods' being protected and kept private is disgusting and outdated. It is her body, she is entitled to do with her body whatever she pleases as long as it adheres to a mutual respect that the two people in the relationship have agreed upon. If you are a boy and feel uncomfortable with your girlfriend posting risqué photos, that's totally okay but I would sincerely encourage you to take some time to self reflect as to why you feel uncomfortable about it. You don't want other boys checking her out? Understandable, but why do your feelings matter more than her right to be self expressive? When girls post risqué photos, more often than not they're not at all looking for validation from other boys. It has nothing to do with that. Speaking from personal experience, I post risqué photos strictly because I think nudity is the rawest and most beautiful form of art available to us. I run a nude art blog because the naked body is emotive, intimate and organic. I post on here, where people I know can see my photos because I think the best way to encourage healthy standards is by enforcing them yourself. I want girls to see nakedness as something empowering and highly personal. I want girls to love their bodies by showing them that I do, and that they can too. People absorb what they are exposed to and if we never expose girls to self love then it's hard to manifest that. Do you need to be naked to enforce self love? Absolutely fucking not, but that's how I do my thing and it's made me exponentially more confident and more in tune with how I value myself as a young women in a world that still wants to police my body and what I do with it.
#selflove #representation #characterlimit