Although sex can be simple, we all know it isn’t. Because sex is such a loaded three-letter word, it’s no wonder that we don’t know how to handle art that explores the concept of sex. When you put women and sex in the same sentence, you open up another can of worms entirely. The flipside of this whole argument lies in the way we like to view women. Our society has been putting women into boxes for centuries and now that we are starting to realize that women can and should have a sexual side, we don’t know which box to put them into. As a result, when we look at a photo that explores a woman’s sexual side, are we simply uncomfortable? Do we assume that she was treated poorly and taken advantage of? Is it wrong to look at women in an objectifying way, or are we exposing the counterargument that some women thoroughly enjoy being viewed as sexual objects? To further explore these ideas, I sat down with model, Megan Thelen, to get her take on all of this. (see interview)
Did my rendition of 1990’s club kid drinking culture cross a line, or did I complete a homework assignment and unknowingly start a conversation all at the same time? Simply put: I wonder if I’m overthinking it, or if I’m just thinking about it clearly now.