Censorship of the female body

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Be brave. Be daring. Be bold. Be human. Be proud. Be naked. Be bare. Be unashamed. Be in your body. Be your best self. Be resilient. Be strong. Be compassionate. Be loving. Be a warrior for freedom. Become old and wise.

And above all remember you only have this body for this lifetime so see where you can take it.

There was a time when I was embarrassed to show my body. I remember feeling like I was facing death the first time I had to share the showers my fellow school friends. As I’ve experienced life and discovered what it’s like to experience a woman’s body from the outside (I went out with a woman for two years) – how utterly beautiful a thing it is – I still find it hard to believe I was that shy little person.

I remember my sister and her friends goading me to have a shot at Page three when I was 18 or so due to my at the time larger than average breasts perched on a petite frame which would have almost been more socially acceptable than the kind of modelling I tend to engage in these days intended to celebrate what mother nature has gifted us.

But it is society that has taught us shame… to cover ourselves up, hide our ‘best bits’. Nipples and hair on women are under censorship through facebook and other social media making them ‘dirty’ and taboo. Yet increasingly sexualised pictures of often underage girls are plastered all over the internet as they desperately seek the attention and love they probably aren’t getting from their parents.

I mean, provided there’s a bit of lingerie and no hair on show, it’s perfectly ok for a woman to be naked on a computer screen – she’s sexually attractive and pleasing to the eye right? Goddess forbid a quarter of an inch of a pubic hair should protrude from her panty or a trickle of menstrual blood, that would suggest her humanity.

We live in a culture that actively promotes the objectification of the body for sexual gratification and denigrates the natural female body. This is why I admire the work of photographers such as Daniel Bauer (who I was recently brave enough to model for – up there with the bravest things I’ve ever done but yep, I saw it as doing it for the team) and who strives to challenge the status quo with his ever more daring imagery, rebelling against this mentally and physically unhealthy movement towards the ever more augmented and unnatural human form society seems to consider acceptable. I urge you to check it out here