By Olivia Fleming. With the goal of 'normalizing nudity,' a new photography project featuring naked Mormon women hopes to shed light on the religion's strict codes of modesty. With the aim of 'normalizing nudity,' a new photography project featuring naked Mormon women hopes to shed light on the religion's strict codes of modesty. Mrs Anderson, who hopes people will view the images 'with open minds and hearts,' says the idea of Mormon Women Bare began in after several news stories surrounding modesty in Mormon culture came to light. And one of the Church's magazines altered a Carl Bloch painting of angels by removing their wings and adding cap sleeves to their dresses. After hearing these stories and others, I became increasingly frustrated.
A new nude photo project aims to redress the "more pointed, specific body issues" of Mormon women
Despite the inconvenience of an 8 AM Sunstone session this past July, my friend Katrina Barker Anderson delivered a compelling and beautiful presentation about her recent art project, Mormon Women Bare. The website features a description of the project and a gallery of images of women who have been photographed completely naked. These women are of varied shapes and sizes, some post pregnancy, with stretch marks and sagging breasts. The images show the true nature of her subjects, just living in their skin. These women are brave and vulnerable, just living in bodies that are not perfect. Despite the lukewarm reception Karl sees that Katrina has received in Utah, there is hope that her work will be shared and continue to spread through international press and progressive Mormon communities.
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Challenging the Church's views on what is acceptable attire - and behaviour - for its female members, Mormon Women Bare features Mormon women posing naked and reclaiming agency over their own bodies. Katrina explains her inspiration behind curating this website, saying, "Women around the world deal with objectification, body shame, and the burden of the male gaze. We must both attract and protect against male desire.
When you think of Mormon women, you probably picture high necklines, minimal make-up, and knee-length skirts at the very least. Something a little like this:. Why has the modesty culture of the … church gotten so extreme and what can we do about it?