I subscribe to a Swedish lingerie shop just for the pictures. Sounds pervy, but hear me out. The models are wonderful, beautiful, inspirational people of all shapes, sizes and ages. There really is no need to be bombarded with touched up, idealised images all the time. We are beautiful in all our imperfect glory.

If you eat lots of sugary stuff, it takes a certain discipline to retrain your body to appreciate good food.  And it’s probably the same with body images – they have become tempting candies. And the only things on offer. They make you forget how scrumptious is a good apricot or date crumble.

Of course, some lacy underwear helps! 

The right to sex

22-01-11 Feminism

I’m half-way through Asia Srinivasan’s book of essays about the politics of desire. The author looks so young, I’m in awe at how cleverly she thinks and how masterfully she writes. I was twenty-five when she was born, with still another forty years to grow up. She’s not yet forty and I’m still waiting to be as articulate as she is. 

She has a wonderful line in the preface: “At its best, feminist theory is grounded in what women think when they are by themselves…“. So here I am, trying to make sense of what I think while I’m by myself. 

The rest of the quote goes “… what they say to each other on the picket line and on the assembly line and on the street corner and in the bedroom, what they have tried to say to their husbands and fathers and sones and bosses and elected officials a thousand times over.”