Small Rant on Body Types
by CanecaDePapel at DeviantArt
[Image description: Alternating rough anatomical sketches and hand-written notes.
At the very top of the image is the header “IN ANIME”; the left-hand column begins with two anatomy sketches representing female anatomy as typically depicted in Japanese animation, while the right-hand column similarly begins with two examples of anime-typical male anatomy. The type of anatomical sketch used does not depict hair, nor any more facial detail than — sometimes — a centerline and/or eye or mouth latitude lines. Each figure is a different color than those adjacent to it, but none are realistic human skin colors, as opposed to bright pastel hues.
- Small Build
- Skinny, not athletic.
- We can only tell them apart because of slight height variation and cup / waist size. :/
- Fat GIRLS? Blasphemy.
- We can only tell them apart because some are skinny and some are muscular.
- Always the same build (i.e. large shoulders, tucked-in ass.)
- We only see short / frail looking guys in yaoi manga / anime
- No young and fat / chubby guys
Following the two columns of text, halfway down the page, a second header reads “IRL:” (abbreviation for in real life). Six figures with varying heights, breast shape/sizes, body types and postures follow, followed by the caption, “Women come in all sizes and shapes.” Another six figures, displaying varying heights, genital shape/sizes, body types and postures appear next, with the , “Men come in all sizes and shapes.” beneath the second line of figures.]
I guess when I watch too much animu, I get irritated about the lack of variety.
Don’t even get me started on ”gender roles”. That could take five full sheets of this.
i need this.
Some men have breasts and/or vaginas, of course, and some women have penises, and some people identify as neither wholly male nor wholly female (not to mention that there are any number of examples of individual manga and anime series which feature occasional or even regular characters with heavier or otherwise different body types, albeit usually restricted to ‘ugly’ and/or comic-relief characters); but this is a good rebuke of typically-problematic ways anime and manga stylize bodies, as far as it goes.
Mummy hair still intact #naturalhair
thats some freaky stuff though
I FEEL THE WHITE SPLAIN’ AND TEARS AND LEGITIMATE PROOF COMING IN 1,2,3…
Look at this mummy’s tight curls, y’all. The Ancient Egyptians were BLAAAAAACK.
I wonder what products she used? Probably honey.
Will never understand how white people think Egyptians weren’t black. I wrapped my 9 year old mind around the fact, why can’t grown ass people do it?
OH HEY LOOK Here’s the National Geographic article* about this mummy who was a royal princess of Egypt 3500 years ago.
For all the privilege-blinded White / White-identified people who want to try so hard to believe a nappy-haired mummy couldn’t be Egyptian (and a Peruvian or Central-Asian mummy with African hair would make more sense to you how?), and also for anyone who might’ve been thinking something along the lines of ‘well, sometimes wealthy and powerful Egyptians had servants mummified along with them, so this mummy could have been a slave for all we know’: If you were interred in a gilded casket with your royal cartouche inscribed on it, like Ahmose Meryet Amon was, you were damned well part of the Pharaoh’s family.
(The name Ahmose Meryet Amon meant, apparently, ”Child of the Moon, Beloved of Amun” which is beautifully poetic. I think Ahmose might not seem euphonious enough to many modern-day folks, but it would not surprise me to start seeing little girls named Meryet in coming years.)
I know I saw one recent reply before I clicked ‘reblog’ that claimed ancient Egyptians couldn’t have been Black because comparisons of mummies’ DNA with the DNA of present-day Egyptians showed they had “90% genetic commonality”; I have to wonder how exactly that particular dumbfuck thinks that’s a good argument when modern humans’ DNA is ninety-four to ninety-nine percent identical with a chimpanzee's. I'm pretty sure they didn't mean they thought bonobos reigned as pharaohs, even though that did wind up being what they said.
On a very different note, Ahmose Meryet Amon looks beautiful to me even all mummified and dessicated and stained and skeletal, and I’m not sure how I feel about that…
* Trigger Warnings: The National Geographic article linked to above contains some sizeist language at the beginning and through the middle of the article text, suggesting that because she died of heart disease, specifically atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), Ahmose Meryet Amon must have had an unhealthy diet and lifestyle… even though, in the latter half of the article, it’s clarified that the CAT scans of the group of mummies studied at the same time do not necessarily indicate a link between the mummies’ lifestyle choices and their cardiovascular health, and can even be interpreted as showing that genetics has a stronger effect than diet or activity level on whether someone develops heart disease. The very end of the article additionally points out that Ahmose Meryet Amon in particular seems to have had a slender build, and also that she suffered from auto-immune inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, which are known to also contribute to atherosclerosis. So there’s ableist erasure going on there, too.
“Daphne at the moment that Apollo … ” ~ Beckie Kravetz 1999. via
In Greek myth, Daphne was a nymph or demigoddess (in one variant a mortal) pursued by the god Apollo despite her disinterest, who was transformed into a bay laurel as a means of ‘escape’ from Apollo’s advances. The moment of her metamorphosis from woman to tree has been depicted by painters, sculptors and other artists for over two thousand years. Because in some versions Daphne wished never to marry, and in some versions preferred the company of women only like the goddess Artemis, both asexuals and lesbians sometimes identify with her story.
my favorite thing about vulva cupcakes* is that every one is unique — just like the genitals they’re inspired by. yay body-positivity!
plus, everyone can celebrate beautiful edible art, not just people participating in the 14 February thing.
* or maybe these are chocolates, not cupcakes? idk. awesome either way.