'UNKNOW PERCEPTION' For UN|TITLE|D Magazine (The Unknown Issue)
Discovering my brain is wired differently helps me comprehend why I often feel and think slightly differently; outside of the box. This has subsequently led me to the realisation that it is actually okay to express my opinions and feelings even when they do not fit into a preconceived box or someone else’s dictation.
Although the collision between most ‘norms’ within society and my thoughts on the said subjects subsists, I feel particularly strongly about providing a platform for us to explore the idea that the physical is not formed around sexuality, and that sexual promiscuity is only one of many expressions of the corporeal.
“The naked body of any sex shouldn’t just be linked to sex or promiscuity.” @anouskaanastasia
It’s disgusting that peoples physical forms are linked so closely to sexual promiscuity but always frowned upon in a bad way.” @korriekorrie
Compared to the archetypal ideas of sex and particularly women’s bodies being of a sexually provocative nature, I have a very different view of myself and my sexuality. I’m not interested in the creation of limitations, conclusions or judgment of any – body. People; men and women; every being, has and should maintain the right to represent their physical forms without sexualised scrutiny or judgement. No one person, no – body should be stereotyped by society, or the media.
“I never look at being naked just as a purely sexual thing and feel it shouldn’t just be looked upon as that by others. It’s natural, everyone has a body.”@anouskaanastasia
The emerging #freethenipple campaign reflects the imbalance the media has generated between men and women’s physiques.
“a man could walk down a street with a top off and a small pair of shorts on and nobody would say anything or think anything of it but if a woman showed skin that would be ‘so wrong’ she’d be ‘asking for attention’.” @korriekorrie
Why are women’s nipples branded as a sexual organ that is prohibited from being posted on social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook while men liberally upload images of themselves topless?
“I feel the sooner society comes to accept it the better.” @anouskaanastasia
The only stereotypical teenage relationship I have had briskly concluded after discovering he had had a one night stand. My ‘first love’; the only person I have ever felt comfortable enough to want to have sex with, left me feeling unwanted and uncomfortable in my own skin. His girlfriend was diagnosed with cancer and our ‘relationship’ came to an end. Subsequently, in attempt to impress others, I wore revealing clothes, behaved, moved and thought a certain way. I found the further I exploited my natural form the more attention I received.
“The more flesh you reveal the more people will like you because after all we’re all predators full of lust” @bramlootens
The outcome left me feeling increasingly uncomfortable. However I believe that these situations contributed to how I feel about my sexuality, body and how I would hope to be treated by others. It came to the point that I did not care whether my appearance sexually gratified others. I no longer felt an obligation. Through this I realised that I have not yet even made the choice as to whether I want to have sex or not, unlike the average sixteen year old that, in fear that they will not be popular or accepted, feels obliged to have sex.
“There are so many judgemental people around that love to judge people by how little or even by how much they are wearing. Just because your dress is a little shorter than others doesn’t make you cheap or easy.”@adrianataylor
I was more recently propositioned by the director of a well publicised clothing company, asking me to model for the company, only to change his mind after I refused to send him naked pictures of myself.
“You use taboo as a way of gaining power” @bramlootens
Although it is a choice it is not the greatest thing to exploit yourself because you still have to give a part of yourself where as you’d hope a job would be a contribution. No one should have to sell or compromise themselves.
My father, having a severe brain injury, made me realise how easily the human brain alters, adapts and changes within an instant. I live not worrying about others thoughts of my internal and physical form. Being human is so much more than the eye can see. Maybe I had to experience tragic events to have relevant life experience enabling me to express and form words in which other people can relate to.
“After previously being bulimic and being really obsessed with the way I look I feel proud to show what I have now and love my curves! However sometimes people don’t like the fact that some things are a little revealing but I don’t do it to try and attract people I’m just being happy with the skin I’m in.” @adrianataylor
Growing up with open minded parents, being exposed to diverse cultures and interacting with genderless mind thoughts, I believe that no one person should be labelled, particularly as a specific gender or sexuality.
“I don’t believe that anyone has a certain sexuality…you can’t help who you fall in love with” @jessicahale
“Men and women should be able to represent themselves without getting judged or linked to ideas of sexual nature. People have to understand that there is no ‘normal’ way to live a life as a male or female.” @leilamonax
Despite society having become increasingly more comfortable with the terms ‘transgender’ and ‘gay’ it is still being used as a way to categorise people’s sexualities and genders. The world needs to step outside of this routine of labelling humans, every one person differs; there is no ‘norm’.
“Recently the media has been more accepting and it encourages more people to be themselves” @jessicahale
Despite this article being established on an ‘unknown’ subject through history the drive to propagate this movement is visible, though since the obstruction of the internet and media explicitly sexualising the human body society has reversed, buying in to media’s verdicts more than ever. Humanity is still subject to manipulation and control.
Without this forward thinking we cannot alter the way that the current social media world has developed, overtly sexualising the psychical form. Step outside of the paradigm, make choices for yourself not in reaction to anything society, culture, media has influenced.
“Things should just be able to be things without being something that everyone thinks it should be due to simply everyone always having thought it should be that way.” @rheahrysicos
When researching for this article I found that people from all ethnicities, sexualities, backgrounds, forms, those in relationships and single wanted to contribute; despite their differences they all wanted their willingness and motivation to provide change to be seen and heard. People are recognising that they want change, they’re not currently comfortable, but they don’t know how to go about making this change. They’re unsure how they feel and think about things, how to express their opinion, they’re unsure about their opinion. The subject is not discussed enough; people don’t know how to explore it. This needs to change. Make the change. Be the change.