“You have the right to choose who you love and what kind of family you want and to live free from rape and sexual violence,” explains groundbreaking painter Hikaru Cho. Renowned for her hyperrealistic, three-dimensional painted body art, Cho has joined forces with Amnesty International to create “My Body My Rights,” a set of emotionally charged and conceptual works meant to confront global issues of sexual abuse and other ... Read More
Remember Andy Warhol’s 1960s New York “Factory,” filled to the brim with feminists, working and single woman, and artists? For his recent project, the photographer Pascal Pierrou hopes to present a modern vision of similar women who refuse to conform to conventional beauty standards by shaving their heads or filling their flesh with stunning tattoos.
His decision to photograph his subjects under a sort of stylized, ... Read More
You know the drill: you’re watching the surprisingly pro-women “After the Final Rose” episode of the Bachelor, and on comes the typical ABC family-oriented ads about the perfect wholesome family and what they buy. They are almost always white, heterosexual, suburban pictures of loving parents and obedient yet charmingly sassy children.
But then there’s this Honey Maid ad. Delightfully family friendly with an epic boost of progressive ... Read More
In her own words, the model Erika Linder has “too much imagination to just be one gender;” through the slightest shifts in styling, dress, and emotive expression, she can seamlessly transition from “masculine” to “feminine” constructed beauty ideals. Her sultry and commanding stare remind us of the vast potential of gender expression as a means of self-actualization and individual evolution.
And the fashion ... Read More
In this week of Facebook lookbacks and overall viral nostalgia, it’s becoming clear that much of our public persona is expressed through the internet, whether we like it or not. So it reasons that we should have all the tools available to make our social media presence as true to ourselves as we wish. This is part of why Facebook’s announcement today is so meaningful: in addition to “Male” and “Female” settings, people ... Read More
There are some pretty wacky ideas and debates about sex these days, but looking back on Medieval religious and social doctrines makes our sexual culture seem a little bit less complicated. For one, even sexual pleasure within a marriage was considered sinful; it had to be scheduled based on the woman’s menstrual cycle and the church calendar to ensure that both parties experienced as little pleasure as possible.
Another inconceivably ... Read More
After her decades' long work exploring androgyny, the photographer Bettina Rheims saw a shift in the way cultures view gender, and she was inspired by transgendered youth. As transgender issues are only recently beginning to receive the attention they deserve, her 2012 project Gender Studies aims to give voice to the most intimate thoughts on the gendered self. Using Facbook, she reached out to any and all people who “felt different” in regards to ... Read More
“I want to show that, despite stereotypes, that gay men can be masculine too.”
Throughout the last centuries, the “masculine” and “feminine” have been redefined and pasted side-by-side to form a conflicting array of possibilities. In the Victorian era, it was the male ideal to be smaller in frame and well educated; at the turn of the century, manhood became about physical strength and assertive behaviors. In the 21st ... Read More
“What is between my legs is not thoroughly who I am. If gender is black and white, I’m grey,” says Ryley Pogensky, a gender queer model participating in Barney’s New York’s new campaign. Pogensky is one of almost twenty transgender and gender queer models featured in the catalog and ad images, shot by the legendary Bruce Weber.
Each model has a story to tell, hailing from communities across the globe. Culturally, ... Read More
“I am just utterly fascinating… At least that’s what I tell myself.” So reads the caption of the Instagram account belonging to Mathu Andersen, the hair and makeup artist of the legendary drag queen RuPaul. In addition to creatively producing RuPaul’s Drag Race and serving as creative director of Drag U, Mathu is indeed utterly fascinating.
His Instagram is filled to the brim with delightful and enchanting ... Read More