Victoria Harris – One Purpose
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College Student (The World)
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The University of New Hampshire
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Durham, NH, United States
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Gender roles within our society, and throughout various works of literature, have led to serious and often detrimental effects including the classification of women regarding their fertility status, laws and other means of control over women’s reproductive health, and segregation of roles and responsibilities between men and women due to their ability to bear children. These forms of women’s oppression regarding reproductive health can be seen in many works of science fiction. The Handmaid’s Tale written by Margaret Atwood, the TV series adaptation of this novel, and several historical texts including the Old Testament are all examples of this idea. In this art project I plan to explore this idea of women’s oppression, classification and segregation with the hope of raising awareness surrounding these issues and challenging these normalized ideas in society. When completing this project I plan to uncover or expose more examples of this behavior in literature, media, and the real world. I hope that my art will be able to exemplify the women’s perspective regarding these important issues and why they should be addressed and changed. The exploration of this idea surrounding women’s reproductive health oppression is important because it impacts the course of real people’s lives. The silencing of women and loss of power of their own bodies has the potential to control a large aspect of their lives without allowing the opportunity for women to make that choice for themselves. It is my hope that bringing this idea to light and showing the ugly truth behind this oppression can result in real change within our society.
What is something you learned about patriarchy and what is something you would like to change about what you learned?
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