“The Penis Project; Exposure and Exploitation of Men”
In film and the media, women’s bodies are exposed, exploited and paraded around like cattle. I have to ask: Why are women’s bodies exposed and not men’s? My intent with this exhibit is to try to equalize the experience of what women are subjected to on a regular basis.
What is so special, so secret, about the penis? Does it have more power because it is hidden? Does it have more power because we are not allowed to talk about it, to look at it? Living in a male-dominant society and with many things being unequal, too many women (and men) have just gotten used to women’s constant exploitation and have accepted it. Exposure and exploitation are unjust. So, this is my reaction to what is already happening. As you'll see, it also has a humorous and whimsical aspect.
I am not advocating exposure and exploitation as acceptable. However, since people continue to exploit women’s bodies, they should understand its effects. Hopefully, this experience can provide a small glimpse of what women so frequently endure.
- The Unveiling : I was very tentative. Could I actually do this? I was so nervous about tackling this “forbidden” subject, this sacred organ, that I tried to make it look like something else. All the early ones have capes and I even gave faces to the first few.
- Penis Production : In order to get over the shock of what I was making, I realized I needed to make a lot of them. A goal of 100 was set. As I proceeded with making that many, I started to see them differently. What is the big deal really? I started to see the humor in it.
- Dickheads : Had to do it. Explores the old cliché …
- Penisauris : Penis and dinosaur combined. Brings a little levity to the project and therefore, hopefully, an easier route for some to begin a dialogue. It is more humorous and non-threatening, yet it is still a penis. The Penisauris also plays on the idea that much male-dominant thinking is outdated. (The slow, lumbering inability to change attitudes about equality for women, resistance to changing old ways, and macho males rule, etc.)
- The Big Ones : Size matters! Seriously though, the visual impact would be less interesting if they were all the same size.