here a woman starts picking the ripe chameleons off of the chameleon tree
Having Sex (Polaroids), 1999
“It was the first time he [Marc] ever had a dick up his ass. Right before I did it I said ‘I gotta take this picture’ so I set up the self-timer.”
- Ryan McGinley
From the album Lolita
Strays are images of kittens that are photographed in such a way that denies the viewer the opportunity to see their faces. The heads are turned so far to the background so as to totally disengage the subject from the viewer. In many cases, the head is turned far enough so as to appear as though there is no face to the kitten as if it had slipped off, to be replaced by the blankness of fur.
no no, it’s fine, ill text myself back
valie export, das unsagbare sagen (1992); video still
"In 2008, a watershed was crossed and the world saw the irreversible shift from a global majority of rural dwellers to a new army of urban residents. Mass urbanisation trends predict that the world’s urban population will double in the coming 40 years. The cities of the developing world will account for 95% of that growth. These are the megacities of the BRIC economies, the urban giants of Brazil, Russia, India and China. These people-magnets draw in rural workers with the promise of higher wages and a better quality of life, but the delicate balance between expanding population and limited physical space defines the human condition of these powerhouses."
You can’t objectify men.
An individual woman valuing him solely his “washboard abs” and “using” him for sex is not comparable to women as a class being terrified of leaving their house in the middle of the night and having that very same sanctuary morph into a dangerous place when an abusive partner enters it. Nor is it comparable to being sexually harassed on the street by random strangers and at home by a sadistic male partner (and to add absolute insult to injury, to be blamed when shit does happen to them). And it’s most certainly not comparable to women a class living in world built around the complete commodification of their bodies in what sex positive people like to call “sex work.”
In the meantime our hypothetically objectified guy lost out on a real, complex, significant emotional attachment to a woman (entitlement much?) that one time as he continues to enjoy financial, physical, and emotional security in every other fucking institution he wanders into.
Hell, people will even feel sorry for the poor sap who was just “friendzoned.”
I’m still going to try.