a photographic journey through the struggles of female sexuality
by Kara Wright
This is a photo book of my Thesis project about female sexuality.
A major struggle in today’s society revolves around the conflicting views and opinions of female sexuality. It is confusing sometimes for women to figure out, find, and be comfortable with their sexuality. Not just sexual orientation but the state of being sexual, owning their own bodies and nature. It is hard being a woman who can own up to a healthy sexual nature in our society. Women are too often judged or objectified. I feel that society tells me to be ashamed of my sexuality. Even when I’m told to embrace my sexuality and be confident in who I am, it is still hard to integrate these two sides of myself without fear of judgment, shame, and objectification.
Each photograph consists of two different images of myself digitally manipulated to become one scene. Using Adobe Photoshop I was able to create these scenes of myself interacting in different ways with a visible representation of this sexual side of myself. I made visible my internal struggle with sexuality by putting a face, my own face, to the part of me that doesn’t always feel accepted. By doing so, I confronted the fact that she is a part of me regardless of anyone else’s opinion on whether that is okay or not. I know I am not the only woman who has struggled with these issues. I am not the only woman who has been called a slut, has had a man treat me like an object with no opinions or feelings, has had another woman treat me differently because of my sexuality, or any number of other unacceptable occurrences. It is not owning up to a healthy sexuality that is unacceptable, it is the way we women are still treated for doing so.