Posted at 12:59 PM on February 23, 2009
by Jeff Horwich
OK: If you saw that as the subject line of an email, you'd open it too, right?
That was waiting in my office inbox when I got in today. Turns out it was completely SFW ("Safe For Work," for those of you who need a new web acronym to add to your stable).
It refers to a book project called Beautiful Women of North Dakota. It's evidently a book of photography due out Summer of 2009. Here's how the photographer, Billy Black, describes the premise:
As my daughters were growing up I saw the pressures society places on women and the sometime negative effect striving for physical beauty can have on small girls. I wanted to do a project that would celebrate the inner beauty women have. As I researched beauty I soon realized ancient cultures felt differently about beauty, and I had a revelation to find these women of inner beauty.
Not much to the web site at present. While I'm sure men with a farm fetish might be disappointed, it seems like a worthy concept. (The image at right is one of the previews included on the site.)
But it suggests a thorny debate: Which women are actually more beautiful, on the inside or the outside: North Dakotan, or Minnesotan? Discuss.
Why do we have to play this game, eh? Women aren't sports teams, or vegetables, or cattle! We're humans! The ones from one region are not inherently better than those from another. That's ridiculous, Jeff, and it's kinda sexist, too.
"Which women are actually more beautiful, on the inside or the outside: North Dakotan, or Minnesotan? "
Being married to a Minnesotan, I clearly can only answer one way.
Also, I'm curious. Is the image above intended to depict inner beauty? Because from where I sit, it sure looks a lot like outer beauty. Or do North Dakotan women of inner beauty commonly pose on the landscape in formal wear?
This Beautiful Women Project (www.beautifulwomenproject.org) believes that what makes a woman beautiful is not where she resides, but the way she meets her challenges and carries her experiences. Thirty five women shared their life journeys and were photographed doing something that made them feel beautiful or spoke to the woman they were at that particular stage in her life. There is a young woman in our project from North Dakota who is an amazing example of beauty. Coincindentally, I just returned from Minnesota with our brother project, The Genuine Men Project (www.thegenuinemen.com) and found the women I encountered there shining examples of female role models. Again proving, it does not matter where you start in life, where you call home in life, but how you carry yourself throughout yoru life.
Thanks, Nancy. Not sure how I got on your email list, but it's a cool idea. I'll have to check out TheGenuineMen.com and see what's up there.
Little hurt no one talked to me for it, though... :-)
BSimon: I suppose I did choose the most "outer beauty"-emphasizing photo of the three samples on their web site. It just...um...caught my eye, I guess. The other two are more subtle.
Cecilia: Really? Really?