With this project I am investigating and working to defy the conventional standards of body image, specifically about women and their breasts. I am interested in offering real counter-images to the narrow views and depictions portrayed by society, culture, media and patriarchy as ideal standards of normative femininity. I intend to use the bodies of real women to over-ride objectification and defy the contemporary American mass media’s views of the female breast, as well as help the self-identified women of the world find comfort in their bodies. My subject is not simply women; my interest lies in boobs and how the treatment of boobs has formed our thinking about boobs and how I can positively influence the way we think about these marvelous mammaries.
I am intrigued by the [infinite immeasurable & unfathomable] feelings women can have about their breasts; some women appreciate their breasts, some are proud, some are indifferent, some are annoyed, and many are self-conscious. Growing up during a time of nonchalant plastic surgery and digitally-altered beauties, I felt and still feel the pressure to be just like them. The media implies that anything less than perfection is unacceptable. Perfection here is the cookie-cutter mold portrayed by a few far-reaching sources of media and entertainment. I find social psychologist Leon Festinger’s (1954) social comparison theory to be relevant in that we as humans “desire an accurate, objective evaluation of our abilities and attitudes. When unable to evaluate ourselves directly, we make comparisons with other people.” (Festinger, p. 100) From this we can see how women could use these images projected by the media as standards for comparison. Ultimately, this piece is about becoming comfortable with my own body and helping other women like me to do the same. No single boob is like another, and I need to remind the world that true beauty does lie in diversity.
I am exploring the realm of breasts, titties, ta-tas or whatever language with which you are comfortable talking about breasts. I am interested in the ideas, language and history behind these life-giving fatty sacks, as well as the individual ideas, emotions, and experiences of their beautiful bearers. I am curious about how these body parts have become so loaded with negativity and how this affects the women who possess them. And I am convinced that reclaiming or re-appropriating words like “tit” is fundamental in driving forward with this movement. I imagine a world where knowledge about and a love for the body are passed from generation to generation, women teaching women self-love and acceptance. I aim to use conversational language because this should be a part of our conversation; if we never have this conversation, we will never stop objectifying breasts or perpetuating negative body image.
FOR T!TS SAKE: The Book
A photo book that I’ll be producing along with FOR T!TS SAKE. It is a book of personally taken photos by real women that counter the dominant media/sexualized/objectified portrayal of breasts.
I am inviting any and all self-identified women interested in being a part of this empowering book to send me a photo of their ta-ta's, along with anything they have to say about them, to be included in this beautifully printed book.
You can submit a photo along with anything you have to say about your breastesses to email@example.com. [Please include your profession and anything you have to say about your breasts, this could be a few sentences or a few words. Also please print, sign and send a copy of the participant release form giving me permission to use your photo in this book. You can find the form at fortitssake.tumblr.com under the 'Participants' tab.]
The funding for this project will pay for:
- Kickstarter and bank fees
- Casting Materials- Aqua Resin, Aqua Veil, plaster, bronze, and misc.
- Printing of flyers, rewards prints, and The Book
- Ceramic for the nipple sculptures
- Venue for the final show
- Photographer for the final show
Portland's own musical gem, Laura Ivancie, shares her thoughts about FOR T!TS SAKE.
Risks and challenges
I hope to get the rewards out as soon as possible. I am shooting for having all rewards shipped by the end of July, beginning of August.
Although I hope that everything will go smoothly, I could foresee the only real challenges having to do with making the book. I hope to find a reasonably priced self-publishing system that offers good quality printing, but I have yet to find it. If you have any suggestions, please do send me a message!
I will keep everyone updated as to how things are progressing!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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