“As early as 1869, women have been supporters and protestors of the pin-up. Women supporters of early pin-up content considered these to be a “positive post-Victorian rejection of bodily shame and a healthy respect for female beauty.” On the contrary, women protesters argued that these images were corrupting societal morality and saw these public sexual displays of women as lowering the standards of womanhood, destroying their dignity and harmful to both women and young adolescence.” - Wikipedia
Oh, well this explains a bit, as well as completely confounds me.
So.. a few “revelations”…and questions… (please feel free to add your own)
1) The distance between 1869 and 2012 is exactly 143 years. ( One Hundred and Forty Three Years!)
2) It’s kind of amazing that we still face the same issues today “rejection of bodily shame and healthy respect for the female body” (!!!)
3) I wonder what kind of “social morality” we were corrupting at that time?… at that time – women were still considered the “property” of their families, fathers, husbands, ….
4) “These images were corrupting social morality… ” ? (can you believe how long it took to finally end up with absolutely zero?)
5) Now that we have a morally bankrupt society I’m thinking there is no where to go but UP…
6) Lets revisit this whole pin- up thing and re-write history:
“As early as 2011, women have been avid supporters of the pin-up, and of witnessing and celebrating every aspect of femininity. Women supporters of pin-up content consider these to be positive affirmations of each individual woman’s unique beauty, and radient life. Without shame, these women gladly share their own personal experience and stories with each other as a way to foster healthy respect for female beauty; body, mind and spirit.” Women everywhere are re-claiming themselves and their souls (from media) by capturing their images in ways that empower them and telling their stories to each other in order to publicize the multifaceted, unshakable, complex, and brilliant spirit of womanhood and memorialize the facts: One can not destroy the dignity of a Woman who has experienced her own power (period) thereby making it highly unlikely that you could wither or destroy the growing identity of any adolescent female who’s lives are touched by her foremothers ” - The Revelation Project
What else would one do on a Friday night but study the history and the origin of the “Pin Up”? – sure, I’ve been known to be a complete buzz kill on a perfectly good weekend but look at this photo! “Pin – Up” material! Wait! Is that good or bad? …
Within each of us (women) is the spirit of the great goddess. We want to be honored… we want to be SEEN. We’d like to be celebrated and appreciated and, well… pinned up. Thanks to Pinterest, now every woman can be a pin up. Thanks to more access to this “conversation” women have the opportunity to re-rite, re-wright, and re-right their own narrative about how they’d like to be seen and treated. Why are you placing so much emphasis on my exterior? Don’t you know that my beauty radiates from a place that can not be pinned up or down? Am i talking out loud?
Pin me up if you dare with DIGNITY, HONOR, & RESPECT.
Please, don’t USE ME to sell a product. I don’t NEED your big brand (or big anything) to give me VALUE.
I’m NOT for SALE. I’m not to be used, toyed with, owned, controlled, or subjugated.
I am beautiful.
I am Unique.
I am free.
I am ME.