The photographer believes all women deserve to be in control of their sexuality, no matter their background. This lighthearted and playful series definitely does what it set out to, showcase women experiencing pleasure. What’s so wrong with that? Even though attitudes are changing, female pleasure remains underrepresented and misunderstood. In the media, sex is generally defined by male pleasure and the male gaze. If he reaches orgasm, the act is considered sex, but if a sexual act is performed on a woman, it’s not always perceived this way. Foreplay is also conspicuously absent from television and film. Sex is almost always penetrative and both partners usually finish at the same time, which is rarely the case in real life and sets unrealistic expectations for both men and women. “[The media] impacts what we think of as normal and how we respond to the sexualities of those around us,” said Kellie Herson, an MA and gender studies Ph.D Candidate at ASU. “It not only encourages people to internalize particular kinds of shame, but it encourages people to shame others for any kind of sexual expression outside what is portrayed as ‘normal’ in our popular culture.” Unfortunately, many women end up believing that if they don’t climax before or at the same time as their partner, something is wrong with them.
They might feel embarrassed because they aren’t complying with the version of female sexuality the media portrays as ‘normal.’ As a result, many women just accept they can’t be satisfied instead of communicating with their partners. Pornography only worsens this problem, since all the emphasis is put on the man reaching orgasm. Women either climax easily and from penetration alone (and before the man) or not at all. If a young boy learns everything he knows about sex from mainstream media and pornography, both he and his future partners are being set up for unhappiness. Let’s hope this photo series accomplishes its mission of helping to reduce the stigma around female pleasure, because it’s a beautiful thing! Much Love We plan to investigate the telecom industry, it’s ties to politics, and expose its efforts to push 5G while ignoring the dangers and without proper safety testing, but we can't do it without your support. We've launched a funding campaign to fuel our efforts on this matter as we are confident we can make a difference and have a strong plan to get it done. Check out our plan and join our camp.
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