"In Between Our Legs" a part of The Concept of Virginity Series (2014) - To Be Continued Linocuts & Ink
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This series explores the concept of virginity and abandonment of the term. It is an idea, a social construct, that is heavily prized in our culture. Virginity can be described as the state of never having had sexual intercourse. It is considered to be the state of being naive, innocent, or inexperienced in a particular context. Synonyms associated with the word virginity include cleanness, purity, honor, integrity, spotlessness, and uprightness. Antonyms associated with the word virginity include promiscuous, dirtiness, and fornication. What do these words reflect about individuals who are virgins? What do these words reflect about individuals who are not? In what ways do these terms influence our level of self-respect, confidence, and esteem? How does it differ between men and women? Is it rewarding or shameful? And should we accept the "idea" at all? Throughout my body of work, I explored and continue to explore the flawed concept of virginity, through a feminist perspective and studied its strong impact on woman's perception of self.