Celebrating Women: Increasing Awareness
Since 2006, 14 Valentines has striven to both celebrate how far women have come, and to increase awareness for how far we still have to go for full equality, autonomy, and inclusion.
TW Body Image
It's no great secret that girl's and women's body image suffer at the hands of media, marketing, and fashion, among other things.
We are inundated with a very particular type of body image, that belonging to the straight, white, cis, extremely thin women, and exceptions are hard to come by. As well, as women are confronted with this unattainable-for-many body image, we internalize it in ways that not only affect how we view ourselves, but how we view others.
We eye ourselves critically, finding flaws in comparison to images around us that aren't even of actual women, but are instead computer generated or enhanced-beyond-recognition. We look at other women with that same critical eye, and too often we speak those criticisms harshly and with judgment.
It's hard to step outside of what we've been socialized to, what we've been told for so long, in so many ways, from every industry out there.
It's hard to recognize that beauty isn't impossible and unreal perfection, but the imperfectly singular bodies that we each see in the mirror every day.
My Body Gallery tries to help break down our views of what “real” women look like through a photo project that includes numerous images of real women of all sizes, all shapes, and all colors. The women in the gallery appear to all be cis women, but everyone can benefit from these realistic images that demonstrate there is more to women's bodies, and women's beauty, than what the images around us would have us believe.