We were upset last night reading an abusive tweet someone sent to one of our favourite models. We were even more upset when someone defended a man's "right" to do it on the grounds that models put themselves "out there" for either compliments or criticism, in this case "compliments" meaning inappropriate sexual invitations and "criticism" meaning hateful sexual insults. The unspoken implication is that if a woman takes off her clothes she deserves anything she gets. Sorry but this is the rapist's and glam-basher's mentality, "please me sexually or I'll abuse you" or "use your beauty how I like or I'll have you censored or put out of a job". This attitude has been around for a looooong time - as long as women have been attacked and abused - so every once in while we like to remind everyone if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. And we like to draw attention to our credo at BiM which reminds us why this is particularly important to remember when it come to beautiful women. Here then is our credo, written 16 years ago by BiM founder, D.Bell.
Down through history female beauty has been seen as superficial and sleazy,
with inner workings that are suspicious and sinister in nature.
Beautiful women have paid the price for this view.
They have been ridiculed and butchered,
both by individual madmen
and by entire civilizations.
I have a different idea.
I believe that female beauty is, in fact, a grand and glorious thing
to which every one of us owes our lives,
and that beautiful women are often, but not always,
among God's sweetest and noblest creatures,
inspiring love, not violence, morality, not depravity,
braving derision and sometimes even outright violence
in order to share with us a simple, but priceless gift: