Human societies — all human societies — organize and control social behaviors, and all sexual behavior between humans is also social behavior. Both “virgin” and “heterosexual” are ideological tools that are useful in organizing and controlling particular kinds of sexual behavior and helping to shape social reality.
Different cultures and different eras within a single culture may prioritize different aspects of social behavior at given times, and seek to shape and control them in different ways, but there are always conceptual and ideological tools that are used to do that. ”Virgin” and “heterosexual” are two very powerful tools of this type, and their power is evident in, among other things, the degree to which they go unquestioned.
My final project for Women and Gender Studies - Liberation Act.
I made these posters as a way to challenge socially constructed ideals of body image and fat shame. As a “plus size” person, I have encountered fat shame through out the entirety of my life and have struggled with insecurities stemming from socially constructed yet self-perceived inadequacies regarding my body image. I am tired of feeling ashamed, assumed as being lazy, and glanced at with disgust - all because of my weight.
I am not inadequate because of my weight. I am not broken, or mutated, or wrong - society is.
“you don’t encourage someone to take care of their body by telling them to hate it”
I want to hang that over my mirror or something. And cc it to every person giving health advice who always start off with “here’s how you lose weight!” That’s not health advice, that’s weight loss advice. They are separate things. Conflating the two tells people that unless you LOOK a certain way you must be healthy and that you should only aspire to be healthy because pub hate how your body looks. Not because people actually wanna be healthy JUST TO BE HEALTHY.
My version of health requires mental health, which requires that I don’t engage in health practices from a place of hatred for myself. Geeze.