You are a beautiful woman . . .

Ok Gentlemen, if you could leave us alone for a moment, I have something I’d like to share with the ladies real quick. Well, I guess if you want to pass this along to your wife or daughter, you can stay and eavesdrop.

Now, ladies I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that as a culture we have not only fetishized flawless female beauty, we have made feeling bad about our bodies and beauty a virtue. Hopefully you are as lucky as I am and you have a husband who has managed to convince you that you really are beautiful and that the odd lumps of your figure are sexy rather than repulsive. However, I suspect that many women go through their whole lives not feeling entirely comfortable with themselves. Which is a shame.

I have heard that once upon a time it was generally accepted that 1 in 5 women would be classically beautiful. The other 4 could be comfortable in their plainness, or dowdiness or oddness and rely on the power of their personalities and femaleness to be attractive to the 4 out of 5 men who were likewise not going to win beauty contests. Today it seems that we all feel obligated to either achieve beauty or to feel badly about ourselves.

What is funny is that men do not seem to look at us this way. Continue reading “You are a beautiful woman . . .”

Beautiful Things

Now for something totally different.  I love beautiful things and I have a favorite artist I’d like to pass along to y’all.  Her name is Natasha Wescoat.  She first gained attention for her “Trees” series of paintings.  Recently, she has been drawing and painting beautiful women, children and different creatures – often for illustrations she is working.  Her work is often described as “whimsical” pop … Continue reading Beautiful Things