Zane Davis recently sent me an email with a link to www.mybodygallery.com. The website is a place to see images of “what real women look like.” You can search by combinations of height, weight, clothing size, etc. A user can also click on the body type. I entered my body and there was no match–I am my own little snowflake.
This is what My Body Gallery says about itself, “In a world full of images of how we “should” look it can get difficult to tell how we DO look. Our hope is to build a site where women can see what real women look like. What we really look like. Most women have spent so many years looking at themselves in mirrors that we can no longer see what’s really there. The My Body Gallery project’s goal is to help women objectively see what we look like and come to some acceptance that we are all beautiful.”
Some of my “off the cuff” thoughts:
*Is this website empowering, objectifying, something else? Both?
*I searched for my own body type. Is that a “female” thing to do? Would men use this site differently?
*Is there a similar site for men?
*I am very curious about the demographic of the participants.
Zane, thanks for sharing! Bodies and how we approach them is so fascinating.