strangeremains:

Body of a Courtesan in Nine Stages: A 19th century study of decomposition

“Body of a Courtesan in Nine Stages” was painted on handscroll by Japanese artist Kobayashi Eitaku in the 1870’s.  The scroll shows the stages of decomposition of the body of a woman, including the fresh stage, bloat, decay, and skeletonization.  This painting has scientific, religious, and erotic themes.

It’s not unusual for artists to use dead bodies and body parts for their subject matter because of their need to study the human form, and because of the historical connection between the science of anatomy and artistic illustrations.  However, “Body of a Courtesan in Nine Stages” is the earliest example I’ve seen that illustrates the stages the decomposition.

This taphonomic painting also has Buddhist themes because it depicts the impermanence of the physical body.  The temporary nature of life and the physical existence is stressed during Buddhist rituals.

Because the subject matter is a courtesan, the curator notes for this piece at the British Museum say that this handscroll also falls into the genre of erotic art, or shunga.  The wordshunga means picture of spring in Japanese.  The word “spring” is a common synonym for sex.

All images come from The British Museum.

sexxxisbeautiful:

jackthevulture:

throneroom-of-the-damned:

Body Positivity for the win.

9 out of 16 are WoC from 9 different nationalities - Spanish, Native American, Middle Eastern, Greek, Hawaiian, South African, Indian, African-American and Chinese.

Even the “white” people don’t all come from the same place - French, Irish, American, Scottish, German, and English.

I’m really sorry if I left out YOUR nationality or YOUR body type, but if I kept going to include every single possible woman in the world I’d never have time for sleep or school work.

holy crap you got everyone

I really like this, i started at the beginning in closeup, and every time i clicked there was something new and towards the end, i was seeing bodies id never seen represented

yea this is seriously great! i hereby dub it the most beautifully inclusive actual representation of body positivity i’ve seen illustrated yet.

(Source: fortress-of-the-damned, via cultureunseen)

eerie-feelings:

Yesterday I shaved my head. I’ve been thinking about doing it for a long time but never had the guts. I’ve had various scalp problems in the past 2 years. I’ve suffered from seborrheic dermatitis and hair loss due to my high levels of stress. My hair and scalp skin felt like a burden to me. I would always hide my problems by putting my hair in a bun. I was so afraid of losing my hair that I didn’t brush them anymore because each time I did, my hair would fall out in chunks. Shaving my head made me feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I feel free. I feel liberated. I feel better. I feel brave. I don’t need to have hair to feel beautiful. I don’t need to have hair to be a woman. I’m the same person I was but now I have a big smile on my face. It’s the best decision I’ve made. After all, shaving my head was on my bucket list. Now I’ve done it and I’m proud.


Shaving my head is also on my bucket list.
Someday. Maybe.

eerie-feelings:

Yesterday I shaved my head. I’ve been thinking about doing it for a long time but never had the guts. I’ve had various scalp problems in the past 2 years. I’ve suffered from seborrheic dermatitis and hair loss due to my high levels of stress. My hair and scalp skin felt like a burden to me. I would always hide my problems by putting my hair in a bun. I was so afraid of losing my hair that I didn’t brush them anymore because each time I did, my hair would fall out in chunks. Shaving my head made me feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I feel free. I feel liberated. I feel better. I feel brave. I don’t need to have hair to feel beautiful. I don’t need to have hair to be a woman. I’m the same person I was but now I have a big smile on my face. It’s the best decision I’ve made. After all, shaving my head was on my bucket list. Now I’ve done it and I’m proud.

Shaving my head is also on my bucket list.

Someday. Maybe.

(Source: howlingwerewolves)