I admit that I am not the greatest artist in the world. My concepts do not always get translated into the real world exactly how they appear in my head. I wish they did.
However, I am genuine and passionate in my creation of what I percieve to be art. Sometimes there are political notions behind the art, sometimes it's just for fun. Sometimes I even push up against that notion of 'decency' or 'pornography'.
I was raised a naturist, I was raised to see the human body as being beautiful in all it's many and varied, non-airbrushed forms. When I went to university I first came across Eve Ensler (not an uncommon occurence) and her idea that female genitalia need to be out and proud. That their being hidden away excuses a sense of shame, later I read Talking Cock, Richard Herring's answer book. His notion being that men don't think seriously and in an adult (I do not mean sexual) context about their own genitalia. Both made serious points in a funny way. At the time both received a certain amount of respect, but that was over ten years ago now.
Now there is a rise of conservatism and prudery when it comes to nudity and genitalia. Because everything in this society is sexualised it is impossible that the genitalia be viewed as simple parts of the human body to be discovered, explored and to lack shame about. I wish that my ability were better so that on the odd occaision when I do place explicit art up here I could better defend it as art. But I find it oddly troubling that the people who report my more explicit art as being inappropriate always seem to be short-term male members of DA with a real axe to grind about explicit pictures.
How much is it really that they have judged the pictures as art or have they simply decided that all genitalia is sexual and unaesthetic? How much is this a knee-jerk reaction that society seems to be imbibing all people with? I really am quite concerned about a society that has sexualised everything - yes, yes genitalia are inherantly sexual in part of their function. But unless you subscribe to Michel Odent's libido theory of childbirth that is not all there is. By all means pornography has no place here (I have no objection to pornography) but I do not believe that pictures, photographs of the genitals outside of sexual arrousal and activity constitute pornography.
Am I just angry and looking for a reason to call those who reported me misogynistic jerks or is there a genuine point here? How much is this journal entry simply about me being miffed that some of my artwork was not seen as such?
Listening to: Simon and Garfunkel
Reading: OS Maps