April 2012 is here – the first month of the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar. The photo is of mother and daughter Anne Baker and Poppy Wilson St. James.
Mother Anne Baker says she joined the ‘scream’ and Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar because ‘men in frocks constrain, control and intimidate women the world over in the name of God … it has to stop.’ She goes on to say: ‘Women are at home with their bodies – they have to be. Hardworking, life giving, ever changing and beautiful these bodies have been vilified, fetishised, deemed unclean and dangerous. We have nothing to be ashamed of, whatever our age is we should be proud.’ She also says: ‘The calendar’s message is one of pride, beauty, support and a refusal to be constrained; in the case of our photograph across 2 generations which is wonderful.’
Daughter Poppy joined the ‘scream’ ‘because I agree with women claiming their bodies as their own, not as the property of someone else.’ She adds: ‘I own my body and I can do with it what I want, naked or otherwise. I find it strange that it is more acceptable to seen on screen violence and guns than even a nipple. There is something wrong with our mindset if that is what we accept as the norm and shy away from nudity which is a completely natural state. We are born naked, not with guns in our hands.’
She thinks the calendar is important ‘to show my support. The naked female form is shocking if claimed by the woman herself and in a natural state. Shock tactics appear to be the only way to communicate this message and if I have to use these tactics through taking my clothes off a cause then so be it.’
By the way, here’s the photo for Facebook, which needs to be censored (in Facebook blue) because nudity violates Facebook’s Terms of Service. Go figure. [Read more…]