As a woman, a being that naturally harnesses the powerful energy that lies within feminine sexuality, I’m always amazed at the way in which society and certain pervasive socially constructed norms portray the shunning and shaming of feminine sexuality and the embracing of and identifying with this notion. Whether this manifests in the way that only certain genders have an unwritten permit to wear skirts, wigs or make-up. Or in the way that women who embrace their sexuality and openly express themselves are shamed and labelled things like “slut” or “thirst trap”. Feminine sexuality is nothing to be ashamed of. The female body is not something to be censored. The paradigm needs to shift and to progress as evolving beings we must open ourselves up to a new level of consciousness and awareness on which we can learn and unlearn normalised toxic notions.
Feminine sexuality goes yards beyond its physical manifestation i. e a feminine being wearing a thigh baring skirt or freeing the nipple in a sheer blouse. To be able to exhibit this energy, physically, there are certain crucial steps taken in order to be able to embody comfortableness and thus wear clothing that has been negatively labelled and projected by certain mass areas of society due to its intrinsic connection to feminine sexuality. One such processional step that precedes the physical manifestation is the journey in learning to love oneself. Every curve, every crease, fold, etch and line. Accepting that your breasts won’t be perfectly rounded, perky or even hang the same is a transformational process in a puzzle of processes (life).
By feminine sexual energy being viewed as a taboo concept in multiple cultures, we perpetuate the stunting of the full positive metamorphic cycle of transformation from which an even more evolved and beautifully complex and fierce feminine being emerges. This further exhibits why we need to strive for and attain collective (through individual) consciousness, where we can surpass spoon-fed toxic notions, like the current dictatived narrative being distributed.
Artist of the week, Heather, through her photography explores and expresses female sexuality through strikingly raw images. She initiates a conversation that needs to be had through art. A beautiful gift. Check out her work below:
Heather Glazzard (she/they)
I’m currently exploring sexuality through my work. I want to be able to create something queer girls or women can look at and relate to. I find that queer/bi women are represented in small numbers in the media and if we are; we’re most likely represented in somewhat of a sexual way, probably by a male. It’s rare that you see a statement made by queer women on catwalks, fashion and in general. Recently I was asked to shoot for a magazine in Brooklyn who wanted to take my aesthetic and put it on a ‘naked muscular gym guy’ as they described, I had recently told them of my concept of shooting two women together, in a romantic emotional way. I turned it down, I wanted to stick to what I believed in promoting as an Artist. We have come along way for transgender women and men and gay males but I feel the spot for Lesbian and bi women has been left in the dark. It’s important that there is somewhere for us too. Growing up as a lesbian I honestly had nothing to inspire and relate to. This is a difficult thing when you’re coming out and discovering you’re not attracted to guys in your class but the girls. I’m personally sick of statements from society like ‘You’re too pretty to be gay’ or ‘you probably haven’t had the right guy yet’. It’s as if the lesbian community have this stereotype and if you don’t look like that, you don’t fit in. My personal favourite is ‘I’d love to watch you two have sex’ when I’ve been dating someone who doesn’t conform to the stereotype. I strongly believe this is a knock-on effect of the media and how we’re represented. I hope for my work to represent the lesbians who agree, that being a lesbian is more than a sex object or a wide known stereotype. I always try to explore this when I’m photographing girls who are openly bi/queer, I make sure they step away from this media look.
My creative journey started when I began studying Fashion Imagery and Styling. I could express myself through it. I take alot of my inspo from Richard Kern’s work. I recently met up with him in New York and went on shoots with him – it was really cool to see his work first hand. There are also a few magazines like Office magazine, i-D, Dazed, The Fader and designers like Gucci and Gosha.
I try to shoot real people rather than a mainstream model, someone that has cool vibes. I shoot on medium format and 35mm film, then I head back to my bedroom and develop the rolls of film. (it takes a while). It makes the images more real and raw.
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