Unnatural Natural Women


Say what you like about the religion, it’s not natural for women’s faces to be this lean. Even for nursing mothers, these women look like they’re not getting enough to eat. The one in the middle is becoming famous on Flickr for that monobrow, by the way. Their body language is weirdly out of synch with modern life, too. It’s as if they’ve adopted some kind of backwards-engineered emulation of the way women hold their bodies in old, old photographs from the pioneer days. They also remind me of the faces of hardscrabble farmers’ wives from the 30’s Dustbowl photographs – the kinds of photos where you think of words like “famine” and “drought” when you look at them. These women look famished.

From descriptions in stories about the kids, the children have never eaten processed food – I find that pretty hard to believe! They’ve been shopping at Costco, after all, and I don’t think they were growing their own wheat (although I’ll admit that they might have been buying wheatberries and grinding their own flour, it’s to do with the commandment to store up food).

In all the photos, none of the younger women appear to have any meat on their bones. The older women look pretty bony around the eyes and cheeks, too. There’s only a couple of them that look to me like they’re well-nourished or rounded. One of them has red hair… and you can bet that red-headedness is extremely rare in this inbred of a population. With recessive genes, it’s kind of all or nothing, so there either would be a ton of redheaded kids, or almost none. The redhead has the tallest hair of them all except for the one with the monobrow, so she must be especially godly. Maybe she’s a convert; it’s the way of converts to go to great lengths to show they’re just as pious as everyone else in the group.

When the Polygamists Came to Town – TIME


They’re all thin as rails, and their stomachs are totally flat – why are so few of the women visibly pregnant? Are the pregnant ones (that aren’t teenagers, that is) deliberately keeping out of view? The dresses are designed to be worn right through multiple pregnancies, I think; note the front pleats. I can’t believe it’s because the dresses are deliberately made to fit loosely – they all look like they’re seriously underweight. They’re all flat-chested, too… I wonder if this is a consequence of nursing (probably right through the next pregnancy) and not being able to build up fat reserves?

I’d like to know what their BMI percentages are, I’d bet they’re on the low end (where it begins to affect fertility). But it’s doubtful we’ll ever hear anything concrete about medical histories

And look at how tightly they hold their shoulders, and they don’t make eye contact with the big sheriff. Actually, by comparison, he looks huge and menacing (which no doubt makes the FLDS lawyers happy).


Note how they all hold their hands close to their mouths and adopt similar poses. In all the photos, the poses and facial expressions and body language all look like something out of the 19th century – in some photos, women speaking to reporters seem to duck their heads and look up in an almost stereotypical “submissive wife” way. There’s another photo where the women are stepping about the buses with their kids, and one girl’s head is ducked really low to avoid the gaze of a tall, black state trooper. The odd thing is that this community looked and dressed much differently back in the 50’s, when Short Creek was invaded by the Arizona state police and everyone was rounded up. It’s almost as if with the mandated clothing- and hair- styles for women that were a reaction to that, they decided they had to completely enact the role of the hardy, super-frugal pioneer wives that were their models. They speak in an oddly stilted cadence, probably because they’ve never heard radio or TV, and their only prior experience with public speaking has been giving their “testimony” (faith-promoting stories) in church services.

The final irony: the original phone calls from Sarah, the teen-aged mother that called an anti-polygamy activist and the local women’s shelter, were probably a hoax.

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4 thoughts on “Unnatural Natural Women

  1. You should post some pictures where they are not terror stricken and heartbroken with the loss of their children that will make anyone look terrible. Their style of clothing make them appear thinner than others. no tight britches or clothing. I thought they grew all of their food but I could be wrong. Dude they are all trying not to bawl.

  2. Back in the pioneer days they were a lot leaner. Or as we might think “underweight.” We as a society eat too much. Put to much empasis on food. Every celebration we have, has some kind of feast. Ever really looked at the patrons of a all-you-can-eat restaurant? They just go according to the adage “if you find honey, eat just enough. Eat too much and you will become sick.”

  3. Obviously your sarcasm is overtly exaggerated and unwanrranted given the fact that 46% of monogamous marriage ends in divorce and single parent and fragmented families have now taken over the nuclear family model as the new norm of modern Western societies. Children are abandonned to be nurtured by strangers in daycare though they cry in dismay, and later on the socialisation process is taken over by the media, the internet and peers from school (a place where bullying is ‘normal’) while all along they grow up on processed food. What is ‘Child abuse’ but another relativist discourse to take people freedom indeed? We live in a world that claims unprecedented knowledge on the subject of sex and orgasms, a subject that is encountered daily in the media, at lunch, on the radio, virtually everywhere – yet the more we know, the more marriage breaks down! Further to that, we live in a body fascist society, obssessed with slimming products, exercises, all kinds of ‘feeling good’ pills, all kind of exercises (body, mind and spirit trainings), hormonal contraception, viagra etc, all of which designed to make our body function and perform well to satisfy our budding egos, yet look at these women – no gym, no post-baby workout regime, no plastic surgery, no nothing! Whereas our women are queueing up in fertility clinics, unable to conceive! These ladies may look sick to us, but perhaps we are the ones who are sick! So sick that we don’t even realise it.

  4. Sorry, your point is what, exactly? If you approve of their lifestyle, say so. I don’t approve, so I said so. ::shrug::

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