I love old statues not only because they are often beautiful, but because they have tummy chub:
Body-policing is when we deputize ourselves to try and shame other people, usually women, into looking a certain way. Making comments to girlfriends about someone’s ankle-size, skin troubles or weight is engaging in body snark and body policing. The idea is that most women have deputized themselves to force other women to conform to an impossible standard of beauty.
I love that these beautiful statues of women (and a man) show non-flat stomaches as ideal and allow women and men to have a range of shapes and sizes.
“I nearly forgot the most important thing: refuse to wear uncomfortable pants, even if they make you look really thin. Promise me you’ll never wear pants that bind or tug or hurt, pants that have an opinion about how much you’ve just eaten. The pants may be lying! There is way too much lying and scolding going on politically right now without your pants getting in on the act, too.”–Anne Lamott’s Commencement Speech