Being a woman isn’t easy, but in every iteration, it’s pretty damn beautiful.
Especially when it’s drawn by French illustrator Cécile Dormeau, who depicts women of all shapes, sizes, and colors experiencing the honest, funny, awkward, and infuriating moments that make up a woman’s lived experience.
It’s a colorful, animated look at life without the male gaze or unrealistic standards of beauty — just women experiencing pride, strength, and uncertainty in equal measure. Body hair in all its glory. Women celebrating and embracing every curve, scar, and stretch mark as the badges of honor they are.
Here are 15 of Dormeau’s illustrations and GIFs, along with your daily reminder that women are amazing AF.
1. We come in all shapes and sizes, and each one of them is freakin’ gorgeous.
2. We’re strong, even when our heads tell us otherwise.
3. We go against the grain.
4. We serve up looks. Even if they’re just for us.
5. We eat. And we like it.
6. And we don’t always feel bad about it afterward.
7. Why should we? We’re awesome.
8. We’ve earned our stripes. Literally…
9. …and figuratively.
10. Yes, we can be tender and vulnerable.
11. And even unsure.
12. But that’s not an invitation to f–k with us.
13. Seriously. Don’t f–k with us.
14. Because we’re strongest when we work together.
15. And you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Katie Lister I find that the ‘female gaze’ is much more judgemental, and would go as far to say that the ‘male gaze’ is a direct response from the femal counterpart. Great pics, however. Unfortunate title. edit:learned about the CONCEPT of ‘male gaze’ from the comments, and the title/headline makes much more sense. Hooray for learning!
Tina Leetz I really dislike the term “male gaze”. I feel just as self conscious in front of a beautiful woman as I do a beautiful man. Why not call it ” The Other” like Sartre? The first term is so divisive and, for me, doesn’t cover the full meaning. These illustrations are lovely though.
Ma’râj Mïķiel Golden I think the “male gaze” can be damaging, yes; afterall, historically, we have had a patriarchal societal structure. We have patronized women for not following such normatives and devalued men who don’t fit into the cookie cutter mold. We have under appreciated the success of women, and use femininity as a means of disparaging others. I think the behavior persists largely due to societal’s patriarchal gaze, not because of all men per se.
I do hope we move to a time period where we can really snip away more of the enclosures society convinced us to accept in order for us to belong. We should belong just because we are part of society, and contribute value to it, not because we are women, men, fat, skinny, attractive, unattractive or what have you.
Scott Simpson I’ve never known men to bitch about each other’s appearance as much as when women get together but that probably doesn’t fit in with the usual man-hating.