-Sally A., Melbourne, Australia

When I was moving from being a child to a teenager and started having ‘issues’ about my body, particularly my ‘chunky calves’ and ‘thunder thighs’ my marvellously practical midwife mum would often say to me “Sally, be thankful for your two feet you have firmly on this earth, they hold you up and keep you planted fair and square. Look at me and my legs and all the ways they have carried me through years of nursing and looking after people”.

[…] the reality of this useful body that is living and being, like potters clay, a vessel of earthly purpose.

I loved her and her wisdom for taking my thoughts away from some false body image which marketting and media shouts at girls that they have to have; to the reality of this useful body that is living and being, like potters clay, a vessel of earthly purpose.

In the art class the very parts of my body I have in my own head as having ‘issues’, artists eulogize. I often have to shake my head in disbelief thinking “are we seeing the same thing?”

“oh I love drawing your knees, they are so interesting”.. “your belly is so round and lovely to draw”.. “I adore your shape it is such a pleasure to draw”

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and very often “I love drawing your curves!”. Now these are not Marilyn Monroe curves. These are fairly lumpy bumpy veiny curves. However from the artists view the body has substance and volume and shape that they see more than they see the veins and the cellulite.

Genesis means ‘in the beginning’. In the beginning we were created in the image of God, male and female we were created. This ancient Hebraic truth is needed so desperately as a tonic for the aweful painful suffering so many girls and women, boys and men are consciously and unconsciously experiencing in an over-saturated media market place of what the body ‘should’ look like which leads to submitting bodies to hateful thoughts and hurtful actions.

Let us spread the word that you and your body created in the image of the Creator are truly good.

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