PAULA DEL RIVERO – CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACT ART

Heaven’s Pond IV
Watercolor on paper
2018

Warning – controversial topic.
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The female body is being represented more and more, and that’s kinda good news.
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I say kind of because I’m not very pleased by the way it’s depicted.
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With increasingly female approaches to the femine body (thank goodness), I would assume that women’s bodies would somewhat be made more truthful thanks to the insider’s perspective.
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Because that’s what we need most. Being seen and respected for who we really are.
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That doesn’t seem to be the case.
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Most of the visuals we’re presented with that are claiming the beauty of the female body, are leaving our true nature aside. That is: mostly, if not completely, ‘erasing’ pubic hair.
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I’m not saying the internet should now be flooded with hairy pubes – although I must say that would transform society in a truly powerful, impactful way (I’ve always loved me a good metaphorical earthquake).
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I’m just crying for more honesty.
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The disappearance of the hair-less pubis.
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We are women.
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We’re not girls, we’re not kids.
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We’ve got hair.
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We’re not a walking piece of shiny plastic-looking skin.
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Hair-less pubes are remnants of the porn industry, inheritances of the ways in which patriarchy has turned women into non-human, sexual objects.
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Women are not dirty instances of nature that need to be purified and cleaned. Hair is not gross, or unhigienic. Certainly not ugly.
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Hair is an indicator of youth and health, and it serves an important biological purpose.
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Since my drive in life is not about showing my naked body, which btw, I find so very honorable if you do (not that you should care what I think anyways), I’ll spare you a picture of my pubic hair*.
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I’m not implying you should show off yours either.
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Just stop praising the beauty of women’s bodies all while advocating for full acceptance if you are presenting a polished version, fashion industry complying image of a female body with clearly non-existing pubic hair.
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We shouldn’t be used to finding hair-less pubes beautiful in the first place.

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