Woman of Willendorf
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For such a small statue, this curvy lady speaks volumes about sexism in art history.

Everyone called her the “Venus” of Willendorf after she was discovered in 1908. Though it’s doubtful the artist had the ability to see the future of Greek mythology, the name was given because people thought that surely her bodacious bod was carved by men celebrating eroticism and fertility. So basically like the first porn.

They may have at least gotten one part right: thanks to some rad feminist art historians, we now know that the strange proportions of the body are most likely the result of pregnant women looking down at their own breasts and stomach, meaning that the statue is actually a self-portrait by an artistic mama.

Sorry boys, but we gotta give the credit for this amazing ancient artwork to the ladies.

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Venus of Willendorf

The Venus of Willendorf is an 11.1-centimetre-tall (4.4 in) Venus figurine estimated to have been made 30,000 BCE. It was found on August 7, 1908, by a workman named Johann Veran or Josef Veram during excavations conducted by archaeologists Josef Szombathy, Hugo Obermaier, and Josef Bayer at a paleolithic site near Willendorf, a village in Lower Austria near the town of Krems. It is carved from an oolitic limestone that is not local to the area, and tinted with red ochre. The figurine is now in the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria.

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