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The Ardorous is an online art platform showcasing feminist projects of female creative professionals curated by Petra Collins. Arvida Bystrom is one of the artists featured on the site; her photo series “Lolita” show young girls portrayed in the usual dreamy fetishizing manner very often found in fashion magazines and as described by Nabokov himself in his eponymous novel. Bystrom’s pictures have a subversive quality in the undesired and unsightly body hair that hasn’t been shaved as is usually the expected norm.
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Sun City, Arizona, is a town near Phoenix with a population of over 37,000 retired residents all living there. The community is renowned for being a senior citizens’ paradise. When London-based photographer Todd Antony recently visited the town, he met ‘The Sun City Poms’, the town’s cheerleading squad. They formed in 1979, recruiting 55-year-olds (and older!) to support the Sun City Saints women’s softball team. Today, the group entertains at around 50 shows per year.
Antony says on his blog: “While I was [in Sun City] I couldn’t help but think that with the American obsession for child beauty pageants, you have one age group of society trying to grow up way too fast, while at the other end of the age scale another group strives to hold back the years in some way. And does a pretty damn good job of it really.”
The Poms say of themselves that they represent the fulfillment of life at any age. They add: “Performing with spunk and energy of their youths, these ladies share positive aspects of retirement and aging, and shatter conventional images of “senior citizens.”
What I love about the women in the pictures are the grace, beauty and great sense of pride and energy they exude.

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You make assumptions about someone the minute you see this person – about their status, their personality, heck, probably even about their sex life. Everybody does that, it’s normal; I guess you could call it human nature. But isn’t it interesting that you probably do that even if you only see part of the person’s body? You don’t think so? Well, try looking at these women’s legs without your mind instantly starting to guess what kind of woman she is. Stacey Baker, an associate photo editor at The New York Times Magazine, is the photographer behind these pictures. Since March, she has photographed more than 300 legs in New York City. The idea for the project, called Citilegs, came when she was passing through the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue and saw a woman with delicate legs wearing a pretty black coat.  “For some reason, I thought it would make a nice picture”, she says. Well, I find the pictures strangely captivating; they really make me want to see and know more about the women behind the legs, or rather, above them.

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