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The Woman With A Body And No Soul { POEM }

The Woman With A Body And No Soul { POEM }

The woman with a body and no soul – she is everywhere.
I see her legs on billboards. I see her breasts on magazine covers.
Her stomach is on adverts. Her lips are on the bus shelter.

The woman with a body and no soul – I see her everywhere.
She is a familiar face. Voted Most Popular and Biggest Celebrity.
Invited to every party, music video, sports event and newsagent shelf.
This woman with a body and no soul, they want her everywhere.

The woman with a body and no soul – so mercilessly paraded.
Photocopied and replicated across multiple glossy adverts
stacked high. Plastered high
above our heads. Painted and pasted.
Etched. In a society’s collective memory now.

The woman with a body and no soul – we wait with bated breath…
We put her there and from her podium, 10 feet high, 40 feet wide,
96 sheets full blazoned across the sky and 40,000 pairs of eyes to watch her every day…
her body does all the talking.

The woman with a body and no soul – her story is empty.
Her clouded, hooded eyes make a start but her story has no heart.
Her hollow breasts, mannequin legs and plastic skin offer no beginning, middle and end.
No intrigue, no suspense, and no drama. No heroism or adversity.
No scars or imperfection. No love, no hate. No care, no passion.
Her story begins with her eyelashes and ends with her toenails.

The woman with a body and no soul – she is everywhere.
I see her legs on billboards. But there is no dance.
I see her breasts on magazine covers. No newborn life in sight.
Her stomach is on adverts. Abstaining from feast.
Her lips are on the bus shelter. Silent.

by Hannah Beatrice (© 2013)

I wrote this alongside an article about the Image of a Woman With a Body and No Soul, in reaction to what I see as extreme objectification of women in mass media; as a wake up call to be more aware of the attitudes behind the images we are seeing; and as a plea to image-makers to present more soul in their images.

Credit for the title, inspiration and theme of this poem are due to David Benjamin Blower who first described the ‘image of the woman with a body and no soul’ in his essay “Why the Christians Should Join The Feminist Struggle” (http://kingdomvsempire.wordpress.com/essays/why-the-christians-should-join-the-feminist-struggle/).

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Originally published on 10th November 2013 on Hannah Beatrice, Documentary Wedding Photographer.

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