As a sex educator, one of my jobs is to free people from sexual repression. To do this, I must be open and frank in my dialogue with individuals, the community and world. I am radical and progressive when it comes to the promotion and facets of human sexuality. It is my role to nudge and support societies rebounding edges, politically, academically and culturally.
For too long genitals in society have been censored and shamed throughout marketing, art, social media, health care and education.
So I decided to collaborate with U.S. based designer Winter Schatz. I asked Winter to create genital artwork. The brief was simple. Art that enabled people to have conversations with themselves and others in response to genitalia without feeling embarrassed or ashamed. I wanted to make it OK for people to see genitals, discuss genitals and empower genitals. The result of Winters work, a fantastic array of genitalia in the form of cartooned outlines.
Genitals are one, we all have them, they exist. Genitals are a significant part our lives rooted in our erotic psyche. Genitals provide an enormous amount of pleasure to ourselves and lovers. Genitals contain DNA and instructions to build little humans. Genitals (vulva/vagina) help deliver life into this world. Genitals enable us to eliminate waste. Genitals can be affected by emotional and physical pain. Genitals can have problems. Genitals are part of culture and art. Genitals are political. Genitals are in movies and porn. Genitals can be seen in many places. Genitals are found everywhere throughout the world.
We have told generation after generation that your genitals are taboo; therefore they are to be hidden. It’s not healthy to feel closeted about your genitals. Why cover them up? Who are we protecting? Why is there so much modesty when it comes to our genitals and bodies? What’s so offensive? My genitals are part of me just as they are part of you. In fact, by covering up genitals, we continue to support a taboo that is unhealthy. For some native African cultures nudity, has been the norm and genitals are just seen. See the history of nudity here.
Taboo is an adjective, “prescribed by society as improper or unacceptable, prohibited or excluded from use or practice”.
This project is not about exhibitionism or sexualisation. Genitals have a place in society. It’s purely about the shame attached to our genitals. A culture of ‘oh’ you can’t show that? It’s wrong! It’s disgusting! I believe firmly that every human body is equal and naturally beautiful even more so when it comes to our genitals. Large, small, floppy, petite, tight you name it we are all different.
Many would agree that we are over sexualised in society today throughout media – I see this differently. Instead, we have done the opposite. We have conditioned ourselves to sexualise every aspect of our genitals. I believe this has produced a culture of covering up. Genitals don’t need to be sexualised in every living aspect. Janet Jackson only knows too well about this shame, see her nip slip here. If we all started to change our perceptions about our bodies/genitals and stopped being so closeted, I am sure we would be able to create a healthier society. Genitals and nip slips may even become a taboo of the past.
It’s time to support genital awareness. Why not come out. Free your genitals today start using the #freeyourgenitals #fyg tag on Instagram or Facebook, YouTube. Or support the project by buying a T-Shirt. Let the genitals be seen and wear it proud. You can follow or become a fellow of the FYG Project on Instagram @freeyourgenitals or here. You can also check out Winters work @mx_schatz.
#freeyourgenitals artwork by Polysoma is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.