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Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes 1St Edition Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0685748282
ISBN-10: 0685748286
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Books in Focus; 1St Edition edition (October 1994)
  • ISBN-10: 0685748286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0685748282
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,133,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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By A Customer on June 5, 1998
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This is a must buy book for both students of nude photography and women who have low self esteem because of their size. The photography and text are both excellent and thought provoking. Anyone with any prejudices for any reason about large women cannot help but re-evalute their views after reading this book.
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Several reviewers have panned this collection because of the quality of the photography. I have no doubt that Richard Avedon could have done a better job, but that's a meaningless observation. Richard Avedon would have done a better job with the front-page photo of today's newspaper - so what? As an amateur photographer, I found many of the images to be powerful and interesting on a purely compositional level. But that's not the point - the goal of this book was to present fat women as both people and artistic objects, but in a non-pornographic manner. On that level, the book succeeds admirably. Many of the models are remarkably beautiful, and often confront the viewer straightforwardly and emotionally. I was first drawn to the face of the woman with the mastectomy - I didn't notice right away that one of her breasts was missing. She is a person first, and a "cancer victim" second, and the photographer allowed me to approach the image in that way. The woman in the wheelchair comes across in a similar way, in that the wheelchair was not the first thing I noticed - what I saw first was the unabashed and forward way in which she confronted the viewer. Another image of several women of different sizes in a shower could have been taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson, as it had that same element of surprise that I often find in his photographs.

If you're looking for something comparable to An Aperture Monograph or In The American West, this isn't it.
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