Spock Does Fat
new photography collection featuring fat women posing nude.
Nimoy’s “Full Body Project” presents a little over a dozen black-and-white photographs of plus-size women prancing about in the nude (and one of them wearing sexy corsets.) It’s a tad exploitative (I mean, using any group of people for art like this is technically exploiting them for their “interesting features”), though it’s not nearly as extreme as Gaultier’s fat faux pas last October considering that the motivations behind this endeavor were so much more benevolent than the fashion designer’s.
And to be honest, I’m not even really offended by the fatsploitation. More power to it, I say! These photos are just too beautiful to take any sort of umbrage with. Take a look:
I really love how these women look. The photos are so beautiful and tasteful, quite unlike so many other depictions of fat nudity (read: fat pornography) that’s out there.
There is something so comforting about their bodies. The images make me feel safe and secure, probably because their bodies are so similar to the bodies of the women in my family, from my mother and grandmothers, to aunts and my cousins. These bodies look similar to my own. And they are beautiful.
Nimoy really captures the element of sisterhood in the between fat women. I don’t know if every fat women feels this way, but when I see another fat woman, I feel an instant camaraderie with her. “A woman like myself,” I think. Without even meeting each other, we already know that we’ve already had the same experiences, felt the same feelings, and shared the bond of being fat.
And we attract each other. I’m much more likely to feel comfortable randomly striking up a conversation with a heavy women like myself than a slender woman. I’m not consciously discriminating against the slender woman, I’m just more instantly drawn to the heavier woman based on our obvious outward similarities.
The collection is being featured in the Pioneer Valley’s very own Northampton (wut-wut Noho!), so if you’re in the Western Massachusetts area and are are blessed with the means of convenient travel, take advantage of this opportunity. I would really like to see them in person myself, but alas! the lack of car.
So, thank you to Mr. Nimoy for your creative vision and your interest in Fat Acceptance.
That’ll do, Spock. That’ll do.