About "The Female Experience"

“You know, you’re never going to get a husband if you dress like that.”

“What do you mean you don’t want kids?”

“You shouldn be giving yourself away like that.”

“People are going to think you’re one of “those girls.”

Women have ownership of their own bodies.

Women’s bodies are not created for the pleasure of men.

A woman’s worth is not tied to her sexual experiences.

Women are not meant to be controlled.

But why am I telling you this?

Because when a man rapes a woman people say she was “asking for it,” yet when a woman shuts down your advances for intercourse she’s a “prude” or a “bitch.”

Because when a mother works she “hates her kids” and when she stays home she “hates herself.” Men expect her to cook and clean and be silent and attractive while doing it.

 People in my life have made me feel like the choices that I make with my body hurt them, including people who I’ve barely spoken too. Walking down the street men wolf whistle out their cars at women walking to work, saying disgusting comments, yet getting offended when we call them out on it.

There’s a million more ways that women are controlled. I’m using artistic hyperbole to make them unable to be ignored. These paintings show myself in the bondage that my culture has put me in.