I’ve been both fat and physically active since I was a kid. This is a picture of me in my mid-thirties, dancing. My body has been through a lot over the years and every so often, I take nude self portraits. I think of my body more as an actor than an object, but it is sort of an interesting object. It’s muscular, scarred up, wiry in places, plumb in places and saggy in places, with a lot of surface textures. That makes it sound grotesque, but it’s actually sort of beautiful.
This is a life-size pre-cast clay sculpture of a naked fat woman. The model is Julie Srika. The sculptor is Ramon Sierra. I think it’s beautiful and important. Breathtaking, even. Two days ago I shared it on Facebook, with the permission of both the model and the artist. Many people responded to it as I did. Facebook then deleted the thread and removed the photo from the model’s account, citing it as being in violation of their “community standards.” Appeals to Facebook have yet to be answered.
I think this is a disturbing anti-art stance, particularly vexing, considering Facebook allows far more sexually suggestive photos and sanctions pages designed to promote bigotry and bullying. Yet an amazing piece of art depicting a fat woman in proud non-sexual repose must go.
So while this is not the traditional fare for Uppity Fatty, I’m posting it here so more people can see it without the small-minded interference of Facebook’s double-standards.
~ Substantia Jones
UPDATE ON CLAYGATE: I don’t know if this represents a caving on the part of Facebook, or merely an oversight, and I certainly don’t know if it’s an “our voices were heard, hizzah!” thing, but the model depicted in the sculpture has just tried reposting the image to her account for a third time, and this time it wasn’t taken down. So for now… a provisional hizzah! And thanks for getting cheesed off with me!
When I first looked at this picture I cringed at how fat I’ve gotten. I haven’t looked at my body in the nude in over a year because I hate my size. The more I stared at it, though, the more I wanted to love myself, the more I wanted to see beauty. So, I’m submitting this to help me on this journey of self-love.