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Seeking to see: female artists working to reclaim their sexuality


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In John Berger’s 1972 book Ways of Seeing, he states that “men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. Thus she turns herself into an object- and most particularly an object of vision: a sight.”

Jean Kilbourne, creator of the Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series, says this idea is reflected in todayís media reality.

“As a result, we get a whole lot of objectification,” she said. “Not only by men but also by women, because we’ve learned to objectify ourselves. So little of (popular culture) has anything to do with a woman’s real sexual experience or real pleasure.”

A community of women artists in Canada have found art helps them regain their power to see and feel their own sexual desires. They do this by exploring the female body in a raw and truthful way, and by challenging societal views of female sexuality.

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Posted by Circé on December 4, 2013

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