Why are you so afraid of your own anatomy?

A project by Eleanor Beth Haswell

As she was focusing on an art project based on body shaming, Eleanor Beth Haswell began to notice a lot more shaming online, especially in the UK. It’s the nipple that’s deemed to be the issue, the fact that both men and women have them yet a woman’s must be censored. And that is how the project Why are you so afraid of your own anatomy? was born.

“I just don’t understand how people claim that we don’t need feminism, but are offended by something as innocent as the nipple, and are happy to create a divide to suggest that a woman who does what she wants with her body is unacceptable. Why is there this divide between genders? The amount of negative comments, suggesting people are ‘easy’, suggesting people don’t have respect for themselves, all from showing a piece of their body that everyone has and shouldn’t be afraid of.

“This piece isn’t being gender specific, suggesting that all women have this particular anatomy, it was a question on anyone who chooses to shame women, those who would find it acceptable to wear a bra that would almost look like a breast from a distance, but be relieved at the thought of a woman being covered up. Those who think there is a major difference between the acceptance of a man’s chest to a woman’s. And to those who are happier for one gender to do what they want, be with who they want and show what they want over another.

There’s been a lot of people requesting for Eleanor to sell her set of underwear, but she said her intentions weren’t to market it. Her work in general, mainly photography-based, covers many feminist subjects: I have tried to use current issues within my work to address the problems in society. I chose body shaming as there are so many comments constantly being made about women who choose to have body hair, branding it as unnatural and disgusting. Feminism to me is equality between all genders. Anyone can be a feminist, not just women like some people are lead to believe. For me, it is the overall belief that you shouldn’t be judged on what you do or what you wish to achieve by your gender, and is one of the most important things that we need in society.

Along the same lines, the projects by designers Betty Baker, and Robyn Graves & Michelle Lytle on the occasion of the #FreeTheNipple campaign of 2014.


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