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It's not what you think


Video, 2 mins 7 secs

The body is perceived as an object that needs control. The female body in particular needs extra control and is more powerless, at the same time perceived as a source of physical pleasure and an  object subjected to “standards” and beautification needs.

While resistance sometimes seems to bring no results because such perception of the female body stays, one can't deny that the female body is still a subject—no matter how it is perceived as fragile, powerless, and needs to be controlled. And such subjectivity carries the power that enable the creation of a subject's trajectory and boundary.

The body—lying down on its back on a surface and being surveyed by the camera—is vulnerable, while the hexagonal reflection from glossiness echoes not only the hexagonal reflection from objects that serve as transitions between the verbal phrases in the latter part of the video but also the perception that the body is an object subjected to beauty standards.

All such vulnerability, fragility exist with the body’s power to assert its subjectivity, to get beyond control and limits. Those eight phrases*—partly my own experience and reminders for myself and partly what I remember from conversations with others—matter to me as an embodied individual who treads through different types of spectrums including that of power and fragility.

The phrases:

  • Self-talk is fine

  • Say no to unwanted touch

  • Say yes to taking actions

  • Bare lips’re great

  • I’m more than my body parts

  • Say “let me finish” when I get talked over

  • Be unapologetic

  • Eat all the chocolates I want


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