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This is my body.

It has housed me since I left the comfort of my mother's womb, my skin has protected me as her body protected me while I developed. It has grown with me, alerted me to my sickness, rewarded my good health. It has carried me through the most painful of sensations and the most blissful of pleasures. With every movement I make my body works for me, with me. This body is perfectly created for its purpose; the legs and feet are stronger with every step I take forward, the arms grow to carry more every day with all extra loads impacted on them. My body renews itself when it is injured, the skin and bones healing themselves in an amazing way that no machine ever will.

My body is shaped like nobody else's body; we are all different and no-one in the world has a body exactly like mine. My body has curves and dips and dimples, my stomach, thighs and buttocks are large and round and soft, my hands slightly worn, my skin scarred by the experiences of my life. My body is the creator of life, and it bears the battle scars of that creation which I wear proudly like a warrior. Like all women's bodies, it grows hair which is also worn proudly, for it is a symbol of my womanhood and my femininity. My body's shape is uniquely beautiful, like every other body in the world.

This is my body.

This body is the only one I was born with, and will be the only one with me when I die. I will be kind to my body; I will never starve it or intentionally harm it, I will cherish it and care for it as well as I can. Because I will never have another body, I will treat this body with the love and respect it deserves, I will never hate it or abuse it. Human beings are not gingerbread people, we are not intended to be identical in every way, and we should not feel like damaged stock if our shape deviates from the accepted norm. My body is the size and shape it is intended to be, and I will embrace it and nourish it without worry or fear of non-accceptance.

When I feel desire I will yield, for we have such a short time on this earth and in these bodies given to us, and at the end of our lives we are proud not of those things we denied ourselves, but those pleasures we experienced. Abstinence and moderation have no place in a short life, and a life full of self-denial is a waste of a life indeed. I will feel no guilt for my indulgences, for I have nobody to answer to but myself, and I have allowed myself a life of pleasure.

This is my body.

It is nobody else's but mine, and for no-one's pleasure but my own. It is not here to be pretty, I do not exist to be a decoration for other people. I will not conform to beauty standards which would cause me to abuse and contort my body into something other than its natural state. Nobody has the right to make comment on my body for it is not theirs to make comment on, nobody has the right to touch my body because it is not theirs to touch. I will share my body with whom I choose, and only whom I choose. I, and only I, will make decisions about my body and its actions and capabilities.

Until its death I will love my body because of the pleasures it offers me, because its capacity for tastes and sensations forms the basis of my enjoyment of life. My body is large and I take up space, space I am proud of occupying. When my body is present, you will know it, and it will not fade into the background. Though it is not conventionally attractive, I will not make it disappear simply because I am told to by billboards and glossy magazines. I will not pull at it, pluck it, starve it and paint it to fit into a world where women are small and take up no more space than allowed. I am proud of my body because it is mine, because it is large, because it is beautiful.
Well, some prose. I haven't written for a while. This was written for Shut Up, Sit Down but I thought I'd submit it for interest and critique here too.
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Sleight-Imagery Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
I just stumbled across this and WOW, truly beautiful. I have tears and everything :')
Especially love- 'My body is the creator of life, and it bears the battle scars of that creation which I wear proudly like a warrior'
Thank-you so much for sharing :heart:
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quentinwrites Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words!
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Lunore Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The line about moderation was a little off for me, because some of my sensibilities tend to run in line with stoicism in a lot of ways, but other than than I loved the entire thing. Especially the line:
I do not exist to be a decoration for other people.
So many (especially young ones) choose their women based on their value as a display piece that they can show off to others. To hell with anything that makes for a meaningful relationship like shared interests, beliefs, or similar senses of humor. Those things are just a bother, after all.
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fem-asculine Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
thank you so much! It was so incredibly soul lifting
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areasonforyou Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
I am a 16 year old girl and you have no idea what this just did for me!
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quentinwrites Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? I'm so glad! :D I think this is 100% the best response I've had to this. :D
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BEtolerant Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
Beautiful message, very empowering. :heart:

I would like to offer an invitation for you to join our club devoted to the understanding and tolerance of others in hopes that you could also submit this piece in our gallery (with link back to the original, of course) and share it with our members. The club had recently covered the subject of body image and its relation to the media in our journal, and this would go along very nicely.

Thank you for your time, and keep writing! :thumbsup:
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makibird Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008   Photographer
"Though it is not conventionally attractive, I will not make it disappear simply because I am told to by billboards and glossy magazines. I will not pull at it, pluck it, starve it and paint it to fit into a world where women are small and take up no more space than allowed. I am proud of my body because it is mine, because it is large, because it is beautiful."


Something I must learn and repeat to myself daily. I wish I had your confidence.
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quentinwrites Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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makibird Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008   Photographer
:hug:
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CaptainQuirk Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
:hug: Thank you. I already knew everything you said, but I've been doing some very stupid things and I really needed the reminder. You put it very eloquently too.
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Adopt-A-Writer Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
Inspiring. This really speaks to me. It says that you should love yourself and that it's your body, and it's perfect in your eyes. Very poetic and lovely. Snaps for the lady ghostlove.
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WineWriter Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
Sorry - faved and commented through my club account ;) I'll fave on this one instead.
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x-eevee Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
this is beautiful and powerful. Nice work.

2 things that do not sit well with me, either within the context of the prose or just because I'm a evolution nerd.

1. This body is perfectly created for its purpose actually not true. Evolution is not perfect. And we have a lot of bits we don't use. Therefore, not perfect. Hee hee.

2. When I feel desire I will yield doesn't really sit with the whole part of you taking care of it. I understand that you are trying to say don't feel guilty about eating junk food, and what not. But to take care of your body you will eat and drink within moderation. Plus it implys a sex thing, which if you are yeilding to all kinds of sexual desire then you are certainly putting the body you care for at high risk, therefor not really taking care of it to the best of your ability. Plus, I wont even get on to the hard core drug part of yeilding to desire. I just feel, that yes the paragraph fits with the abstinance part (to the degree that you don't mean shooting heroine into your eyeballs) but not to the moderation part.

Basically I guess I'm saying, I will be kind to my body; I will never starve it or intentionally harm it does not equal When I feel desire I will yield . Because yeilding to all desire is intentionally harming your body.
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FunkyLilith Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
Rock on! :headbang: Big, small, large, tiny, every body is beautiful!! :glomp: You have put it across in the perfect way.
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Chibiicap Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
You say it Girl!! Thats beautiful!
You are so right, Im not as pretty or as shaped like they say women should be either but Im happy with myself, and my body.

I like the words of that it's great!
Chibii
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Rushy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
Amen!
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quentinwrites Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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