“Does being a female constitute a ‘natural fact’ or a cultural performance?”
– Judith Butler, Gender Trouble
I have spent twenty-one years observing and experiencing the female world to which I was born and the one to which I was molded into. The simplicity of childhood, in which make up and fashion did not exist, evolved into a world of perfection, pressure, and challenges. When one did not conform they were set aside.
As I have grown, I have come to question my role in this female world.
I do not believe in performing ritualistic impracticalities yet I partake in them.
Through the exploration of my body and media, I challenge the ideals forced upon women by the society in which we live. Does the constant bombardment of media shape us into characters performing for our culture, and if so, where is the freedom in that confinement?