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I’ve been a lover of lots of feminist art since I was in my teens and really began learning about it when I was at university. Now I won’t beat around the bush, there are loads of fannies cropping up in feminist art, lots of naked bodies in general, but foofs in particular; especially in Second Wave ‘Essentialist’ art. That’s not where I’m looking to go, much as I love The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, I’m not really fussed whether feminists have vaginas or not.
But, there are cocks drawn on EVERYTHING and I get it, guys are proud of their dicks, they get a lot of joy from them. I just think this kind of junk veneration needs to be more egalitarian. Women rarely see representations of their very pleasurable parts and fear of such pleasure is extremely dangerous for many women, with the practice of FGM. Consider also that ‘cunt’ is also regarded by many to be the most offensive word in the English language. Women’s private parts are steeped in fear, mystery and hatred, which is far from healthy.
I make these badges as a kind of decorative version of the ‘Bus Stop Cock’, a visible, sex-positive salute to a much maligned body part.
Like their inspiration, each vaj is unique. I hand cut them from plywood on a jigsaw, hand paint and varnish each badge myself.