About Curvy Shrine
Curvy Shrine background
On a sunny afternoon in May 2008 I got an idea to create a website where womanly curves are celebrated. From the beginning I wanted this website to be accessible to all ages and set itself apart from the many websites about this topic which are more intended for adult audiences. I envisioned a website with reading material and links to external resources, presented in a beautiful, respectful and explorable theme of a shrine, a curvy shrine. And thus Curvy Shrine was born.
Curvy Shrine is dedicated to showing how beautiful and attractive womanly curves are. Using a unique approach the website takes the reader on a journey through four interconnecting topics which explain the history and reasons for discrimination of womanly curves; the who and why of admiration of womanly curves and its various sizes and shapes terminology; the thriving community of events and commercial venues both online and offline which celebrate womanly curves; and lastly the body positive activism movement to bring awareness about womanly curves to the masses.
Curvy Shrine is not intended to objectify women, nor are its contents labeled as a fetish; both of these terms are unfortunate labels often applied by uninformed individuals and organizations to something that is as natural as it is to breathe. As is explained in detail on this website curves are part of nature and therefore can not be considered something unnatural or out of the norm.
Besides being a great resource of educational material Curvy Shrine also links to other websites and online resources, as well as provides references to organizations, associations, and the like.
Curvy Shrine project overview
The Curvy Shrine website consists of reading material, links and resources, and in the future will contain an explorable environment. Each is covered briefly below.
As mentioned above, Curvy Shrine's topics are divided into four areas, labeled Discrimination, Admiration, Community, and Activism, which explain in detail the societal stigma, appreciation, social groups and commerce, and advocacy of womanly curves, respectively. These topics can contain articles, stories, and interviews, and may be accompanied by poems. I recommend to read the topics in the above order as each builds upon the previous one.
Links and resources
Curvy Shrine's links and resources point to other websites focused on similar content and provides addresses and contact details to organizations and commercial venues about the plus-size community.
Separate from the reading material and resources of Curvy Shrine will be an explorable environment, to be added in the future. The idea behind this is to make Curvy Shrine a virtual place in the world and give the reading material an actual location, as well as being a place where womanly curves and the women who own them are showcased in statues, art, and the like. It's really a completely separate experience intended to be a place of and education of and admiration for womanly curves. More information will be made available in the future.
Throughout Curvy Shrine you will encounter emblems such as those shown below. Emblems are similar to logos, but are used for smaller things. These emblems indicate the topic you are reading or section you are viewing, or the location or area you are visiting. Each emblem currently available is shown below, with below each one a short explanation of the idea behind it.
This is the emblem for all reading material and resources that belong to the Discrimination topic.
This emblem shows a curve transitioning into a straight line from top to bottom, which represents what is happening in society today; through the media we are taught that curves need to be lost (as in losing weight) because in their belief every little bit of fat which forms the curve is harmful for the body. Society through the media discriminates against curves by teaching women to get a toned (thus flat) body; the curved line becomes a flat line. A metaphor which comes to mind is when you look at an electrocardiograph monitor (used in hospitals) when the heart of a person connected to such a device stops beating a flat line (called ‘flatline’) is seen. So in a way a flatline represents death, or weaker health, both of which there are numerous reports on cases where women who underwent intensive WLS (Weight Loss Surgery) such as GBP (Gastric Bypass Surgery) died shortly thereafter or experienced deteriorating health. The Discrimination emblem symbolizes that transition, where a curve becomes a flatline, and how a perfectly healthy curvy woman destabilizes her health by forcing her body to become flat, or thin. More on this in the Discrimination topic itself.
Note: It is not my intention to state that thin women are unhealthy. My opinion is that when a larger-sized woman forces her body to become thin, that may be detrimental to her health, just as a thin woman forcing her body to get larger may be detrimental to her health. With regards to the latter I am therefore also strongly opposed to the practice known as feederism, which is the forceful adding of food to the body beyond what is needed by it to function for the sole purpose of gaining weight.
This is the emblem for all reading material and resources that belong to the Admiration topic.
This emblem shows several curves making up a woman's body. Note: In the emblem it depicts a typical pear-shaped curvaceous woman's figure or outline, and it is therefore not representative of all body shapes. I choose this figure because it is a common one and I had to simplify the emblem, avoiding the use of multiple body shapes.
This is the emblem for all reading material and resources that belong to the Community topic.
This emblem shows two figures or outlines from the Admiration topic, depicting a group.
Note: Males are not excluded in this topic, the emblem was made this way to simplify its meaning.
This is the emblem for all reading material and resources that belong to the Activism topic.
This emblem shows the curved soundwaves which come from electronic speaker systems such as a megaphone (a.k.a. bullhorn) which are commonly used by activists.
This is the emblem for all information pages that belong to the Info page.
This emblem shows the letter i of the word info as is often used in society.
This is the emblem for all reading material that belongs to the News page.
This emblem shows a broadcasting tower with curved carrier waves on both sides.
This is the emblem for all resources that belong to the Links page.
This emblem shows the Earth with a chain link under it.
This is the emblem for the Contact page.
This emblem shows an envelope.