This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. But despite the scrutiny focused on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, individual Mormons aren't used to attracting widespread or sustained attention. They've had both the luxury and liability of assuming that their ideas about their faith and its role in the lives are of very limited interest to the world at large—in part because reactions to Mormons can be so kneejerk, dismissive, sophomoric and tired "LDS more like LSD haha! While the project has attracted its share of such dismissals, interest has been widespread. Seeing the site stats has been quite the lesson in geography!
These photographs of naked women are not what you think.
These photographs featuring naked Mormon women are beautiful. Look.
This is a song about up and down! In other places, if you hear angels singing through the slats in the electrical sockets you are sent to the bughouse to be surged full of electricity until all you have in your ears is a permanent fractured buzz. People here still believe that anything is possible. And that is why, in Utah, anything is. They simply discovered a landscape in synch with their cosmology.
Photographer Katrina Barker Anderson from Salt Lake City, is on two not-so-simple missions: to protest the modesty rhetoric of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LDS, better known as the Mormon church , and to capture Mormon women in the nude, celebrating the human body in all forms. Barker Anderson says Mormons have "gotten away" from the true meaning of modesty, noting the word itself is more than just what we do and don't cover up. She posted a call-out on a Mormon Facebook page for volunteers to be photographed, not knowing if there'd be any takers. A couple of days later, she received interest from 30 women, either living in Utah or visiting the state.
Challenging the Church's views on what is acceptable attire - and behaviour - for its female members, Mormon Women Bare features Mormon women posing naked and reclaiming agency over their own bodies. Katrina explains her inspiration behind curating this website, saying, "Women around the world deal with objectification, body shame, and the burden of the male gaze. We must both attract and protect against male desire. We love that these women are rejecting the modesty expected of them and challenging the status quo, while still remaining a member of the Church. There are more images on her project website , but - just a warning - some are NSFW.