Monday, 15 August 2011
My vagina and why it isn't offensive...
This is a photograph from my girlfriend, Laura Duncan's current art exhibition in Aberdeen. It is clearly of a vagina (my vagina actually!) but I think anyone would be pretty hard pushed to call it, in any way, sexually explicit.
This same image, alongside a few of her other works, will be moved tomorrow to a "less visible" area of the exhibition so as not to offend "the public."
What's to offend!?! It's a partially covered close up of genitalia that half of the population own themselves and if anyone knows of someone who didn't come out of someone owning one, I'd really like to know about it! Letting this image be considered offensive is admitting and supporting the notion that we should be ashamed of our own bodies.
To move these artworks to an area where it is less visible is to completely negate the sex-positive message that Laura is trying to convey. Laura and I both stand for freedom of speech and expression. Censorship to this level, over images which aren't in anyway indecent in the first place, is offensive to the public itself. God forbid one could make their own decision whether or not they look at an image!
I heard someone talking about how "children should not be subjected to such indecency," WHAT'S INDECENT?!? They can see the same thing, by looking down!
I'm personally outraged. Everybody that we know, who we respect, are outraged too!
Tomorrow morning at 9.30am, Laura is going down to the Art Centre to remove her artwork rather than have her positive message compromised by such utter nonsense and drivel. We have invited anyone who wishes, to join us in support - either in person or by changing their social networking picture to her "Free Love" image as shown above. By making Facebook, Twitter etc. a sea of "Free Love" we can show solidarity, not only for Laura herself, but also to the point that nudity and our own bodies are in NO way offensive.
All hail the vagina,
Let's watch this space :)