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Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes Paperback – September, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-1885495006 ISBN-10: 1885495005 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Books in Focus; 1st edition (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885495005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885495006
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,735,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An incredible collection of photographs portraying beautiful, strong, courageous, powerful, elegant, handsome mid- to super-size women. -- Carol Seajay, Feminist Bookstore News

Freed of convention and easy with themselves, the women here have turned around society's discomfort with larger bodies. -- Hollis L. Engley, Gannett News Service

The nude women in Women En Large have a certain majest, the unabashedness of Henry Moore sculptures. They have escaped. -- Tracy Young, Allure Magazine

From the Publisher

Women En Large has sold over 9,000 copies around the world. It is used as a textbook in gender studies and health classes; it is a coffee table book in thousands of households; and it has contributed to helping tens of thousands of women and men feel better about themselves, their bodies, and their lives. Don't miss your chance to share these stunning photographs and thoughtful text with someone you love, or check it out for yourself!

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What a weak forest that would be!
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In all, I found maybe two photos that I thought had some merit.
Charles
Anyone who enjoys looking at big women will love this book.
R. Goodwins

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1997
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by Cathy Miller(NAAFA) There is nothing more powerful than the visual image. In fat activism, we've had only powerful words to speak our truth: "Fat is beautiful!," "Fat is not unhealthy!," "Fat is neither stupid or lazy." With Women En Large at last we have pictures to trumpet our news. Beautiful, powerful photographs of naked fat women. Fat women of all sizes, ages, and colors. Fat women int heir homes, in their gardens, in their wheelchairs. Fat women dancing, fat women dreaming, fat women sharing the solidarity of each other's company, fat women looking out of the page with pride and hard-won strength. "Here I am, here we are;" they say, "we are here for ourselves but we want you to look at us, to see our truth. Drink us in, see the fat woman reclaim her place among valuable human images." There are 41 black and white photographs, most faced by a blank white page. A few of the photos are accompanied by a poem or thought (by the model pictured opposite); however, the main text was wisely included at the end of the book. In so doing, the power of both word and image is preserved, the one not diluting the other. Author Debbie Notkin has penned two eloquent essays. In the first, "Enlarging: Politics and Society," Notkin speaks of the double-whammy of being fat and being a woman, and shares other women's stories about living fat. Some of the models' voices are heard, recounting their experiences of posing for the photos and how being in Women En Large affected their lives. The second essay, "Enlarging: The Personal Story," tells the story of how two friends - one fat and one thin, both aware of fat oppression - birthed the idea and finally the book.Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 1999
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I found this book quite by accident. The Images and the words contained in the book are fresh. Beauty has more forms than you traditionally see in the media. Pick up this book and enjoy Natural women in natural beauty. If you read Mode or are fuller in figure or have a Partner that is show them that you still find them beautiful by getting them this book -- Michael love
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1999
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Powerful and memorable photos regardless of the subject matter, and feminine beauty in every size and shape -- a wonderful work whether you love large women or love beautiful art or both. The images will stay with you forever.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By . on October 13, 2000
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As a result of this book Laurie Toby Edison is my idol. ;) Seriously, every woman [and men too!]should get their hands on a copy. It's rebellious and freeing. It can make you re-evaluate who you are and who you will be. How? Read on...
Our culture is currently worshipping the media-induced singular image of a woman increasingly starved. What has become acceptable as "ideal beauty" in this new millennium is a horrific portrait of emaciation reminiscent of the photos of the holocaust survivors of WWII. An image of beauty that the vast majority, unbeknownst to them, is supposed to never achieve. However, fueled by pressure from a 4 billion dollar a year diet industry- women, young and old, are buying into it and are literally dying to have bodies that fit the mold -regardless of health- with constant dieting, pills, shakes, bulimia, anorexia, surgery, etc... Women AND men are letting themselves be brainwashed down to the most intimate and private layers of their being. We conduct our businesses and most intimate relationships all in faithful obedience to this irrational oppressive social dogma. In America, we judge and allow ourselves and those around us to be judged. Then we live accordingly, without question, in this disgraceful, presently dominant looks-based caste system. We, in reality, are like a flourishing and diverse forest of humanity; yet, in America society would like you to believe that the young leafless little saplings with white bark are the only beautiful trees! What a weak forest that would be! Imagine trying to force all the trees to conform to that one ideal? ...shave 'em all down to twigs and paint 'em white? Sound silly? now apply it to people! Give me a tree that has some strength and character anyday! ...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 1999
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This book allows the larger ones of us to show that we can look just as beautiful as the slimmer and often more appreciated people on earth. The women are stunning and reflect that fat people can look stunning just as less fat people.This book is a must for anyone larger than life.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By smith on April 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
to begin with, i think most of the reviewers here are missing the point when raving about this book. they seem to have mistaken subject for content. yes, this is an artistic photography book depicting images on fat women, and sure, its about body-politics/body-image/body-what-not... but are the photographs any good? no. the quality here is about on par with a highschool kid who has dicovered a camera for the first time, and not an artistically inclined one either.

im only paraphrasing here, because i got rid of the book a while back, but at one point, the photographer writes that she had spent a session photographing at the beach, only to later discover that none of the images had turned out(either botched during picture taking or developing). this is something that only a complete novice shooting in 35mm film would run into. i can only imagine her commiting that story to print was intended as a sort of warning not to judge her work too hard, as she really didnt know what she was doing. which is unfortunte, as i would love to see someone do justice to the subject of the large woman, and this is really the only book i know of that attempts to. but intent will only get you so far...

so if youre just looking to pad out your library with some images of fat nudes and dont have a critical bone in your body, go ahead and buy the book, but for everyone else, your money would be much better spent somewhere else. for starters, maybe on a book on jenny saville, a young and rising star in the british/international painting scene, whose main subject happens to be large fleshy female forms.
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