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Femininity as a Continuum and Gender as a Choice: the Socialization that Separates the Two

By Kirsten Lowe-Rebel

My work addresses issues that deal with gender and femininity as social constructs. Through examinations of women and their relationship to animals, the use of language presents double meanings to words such as fox, cat, rabbit, and chick which become increasingly more complex and sexualized as we mature. I am also interested in the way women are perceived as objects of men’s possession. In this session, I will explore the intersection of the cultural notions of gender and evaluate the importance of these dichotomies that we are exposed to, particularly the lumping of female sexuality into one very narrow CATegory. Although conflicting, these ideas have become an extremely relevant part of our socialization. Through the use of my current paintings and other theoretical writings, I will contextualize my artistic practice around these concepts.

 

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