It’s a thin line between worshipping a goddess and lacerating her…
BOTANIC MIND FERTILIZER:
»Figure with meat« (1954) by Irish-born artist Francis Bacon. The figure in Bacon’s painting is based on the Pope Innocent X portrait by Diego Velázquez. In the Bacon painting the Pope is shown as a gruesome figure and placed between two bisected halves of a cow. Bacon weds the imagery of worldly decadence, power and carnal sensuality, and he contrasts those things with his own far more palpable and existential view of damnation.
Beat your mind!
THE MIND BOTANIST
Would you call a flower ugly, just because its petals are bigger than the petals of other flowers? It may be a question of fondness. Some like roses, others prefer clitoria. (Yes, that’s also a real flowers genus.) But you can hardly say, that one of them is ugly. Isn’t everyone happy to receive a flower as a gift of real love, even though it may not be the favorite looking one?
Of course a vagina is not a flower, although their appearances are similarly varied. Is that a bad thing? No? Why then all this fuss about labia?
In developed countries labia »correction« by puffing or cutting is a beauty trend. In some African countries little girls suffer genital mutilation, because it’s a traditional practice. Misogyny is a global problem and it has many faces. What are the reasons? Who’s afraid of an unmodified vagina? Are these questions just appropriate for feminists to ask?
I think, it is time to set the razor blade on our ways of thinking and no longer between women’s legs…
BOTANIC MIND FERTILIZERS:
The Somalian model, author and social activist against female genital mutilation (FGM) Waris Dirie. She suffered genital mutilation when she was three years old. In her book, »Desert Flower«, she tells her autobiographical story.
The American sex toy entrepreneur Brian Sloan. Originator and host of the world’s first vaginal beauty contest. It’s up to you to judge…
I hope you will discuss this collage.
Flower out your mind!
THE MIND BOTANIST