In Bare Reality, 100 women bravely share un-airbrushed photographs of their breasts alongside honest, courageous, powerful and humorous stories about their breasts and their lives. Women from all walks of life took part, aged from 19 to 101, sized AAA to K, from Buddhist nun to burlesque dancer. Their perspectives and experiences are revealing and profoundly moving. Intimate, visually refreshing, maybe even surprising, Bare Reality will make you reconsider how you think and feel about your own body, and those of the women in your life.
A Kickstarter campaign to fund the production and printing of the book reached its target in just one day and the video accompanying the project was viewed 1.6m times. Bare Reality is published by Pinter & Martin and is available in stores and online in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and internationally.
Bare Reality donates £1.00 from every book sold to Breast Cancer UK, a charity which is dedicated to the primary prevention of breast cancer by reducing public exposure to the carcinogenic and hazardous chemicals linked to the disease.
Soraya Chemaly, the respected feminist writer and activist who writes regularly on the topic of the relationship between cultural ideas about women’s bodies and their rights, has written a foreword for the book.
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“This touching, inspirational book cuts through the sexual objectification of breasts and encapsulates how unique, yet similar, we all are.” – Breast Cancer UK
“So often representations of women’s bodies that both men and women see depict a very narrow impression of what is normal or natural, with breasts displayed almost exclusively in a sexualised context. This book is a breath of fresh air. It celebrates the diversity of women’s bodies, and refocuses us to the stories that our bodies can tell and the value they hold, rather than the various ways they can be judged.” – Jo Swinson, MP, Minister for Women and Equalities
“Compelling words, compelling pictures, compelling women … the ordinary beauty of life.” – Susie Orbach, psychoanalyst and writer, author of ‘Fat is a Feminist Issue’ and ‘Bodies’
‘Bare Reality is a beautiful, important and tender project. I love how you learn each woman’s story through her breasts – her development, her response to the culture around her, illness, her sexuality, her children. I feel warm and full of tenderness for myself as a woman, and for the female experience. It’s going to be a very special book.’ – Lucy-Anne Holmes writer and founder of the No More Page 3 campaign
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