As a self-proclaimed “curvy” girl, I am all for the praising and appreciation of curvaceous bodies. For the record, “curvy” is referring to bodies Christina Hendricks, Beyonce, the current Christina Aguilara, Jessica Simpson, and most of the Kardashians, this term does not and should not apply to random, tiny celebrities who claim to be curvy because they weigh more than 105 lbs.
Having a B-Cup isn’t enough, ladies! Having a big ass is sufficient. Having annoyingly large breasts will also do the trick. Though, you are probably going to have to weigh a little more… you know, like 125 lbs.
I think there are a lot of great websites that can help curvier girls feel better about themselves, and I think having sites like that is wonderful.
Sites like SkinnyVsCurvy are doing it the right way. Sure, it’s gossipy and not entirely nice, but at least they give due credit to the curvy ladies who look a heck of a lot better than some of the Lexy Anorexies out there. Being too skinny is unhealthy. Being too fat is also unhealthy. Let’s celebrate the healthy range in a healthy way.
Celebrating healthy bodies in a healthy way probably doesn’t mean watching porn.
Porn is demeaning to all parties involved. Porn is a major industry. I know that tons of people love porn, rely on it, and are overall BIG fans. However, being a lover of porn does not make you an academic; that’s not enough. I know that most porn features women with bodies that have been perfected and sculpted by work out routines and plastic surgeons to create unrealistic, or at least rare, results. Just like Hollywood, porn emphasizes a very particular kind of body as idealized, and it’s a kind of body that most women cannot achieve. Most of porn is detrimental to the female image because its “activity and subject matter” depict women as objects, nothing more than desperate, helpless, sex-crazed weirdos; it also doesn’t help that the women look like barbies.
Of course, there are more fetishes and niches out there than imaginable, which means there is also a lot of porn portraying ultra-skinny ladies, ultra-fat chicks, any race, any place, involving any imaginable thing. Heck, pick any noun, adjective, adverb, verb… It’s in a porn-o.
That said, there is a lot, like A LOT, of chubby bunny/curvy/chubby/not-so-skinny/something called “BBW” (google at your own risk) stuff out there. This wouldn’t normally come on my radar, but earlier a random dude yelled at me while I was running – I’m not entirely sure I caught everything he said, but he definitely referred me to a specific site. The weirdest part of this is that he wasn’t really saying that he liked my “situation,” he was mostly pointing out that he was proud of me for being confident in my body. WHAT? First of all, pick a new medium. The cat-call isn’t right for you. Second, no. NO.
There are a bunch of sites out there that post naked pictures of “curvy” and/or “chubby” chicks to “empower them,” and to “make them feel more beautiful.”
How the hell is a bunch of porn going to be “empowering” for me? Screw that bullshit! These sites are just fetishist porn sites that are claiming to be some kind of grandiose feminism. That’s not how it works. Feminism does not mean you show people your vagina. Feminism is more about being powerful, smart, and capable regardless of your genital-situation. Curvy chicks are not being helped by exploitative sites that praise giant boobs, round tummies, and bubble butts; curvy chicks are being helped by fashion that encourages their bodies to be seen as beautiful and normal. No woman was ever helped to feel beautiful (in a healthy way) by a bunch of half-dressed, poorly lit strangers clicking on pictures of her vagina in the middle of the night.
Glorified porn sites won’t solve eating disorders. They will only alleviate the pressure in the pants of certain dudes (and chicks).
*At press, this writer was not considering herself especially skinny, or especially chubby. She also has yet to visit the site recommended by that empowering drunk guy.