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Letter from Safa

April 10, 2019 1 min read

Letter from Safa

We live in a visual age where creation of images is the core of the creation of meaning and knowledge. A place such as Instagram seems to be an appropriate place to challenge the stereotypical, sexualized and fetishized image of the capable female body.
Being labeled as “exotic” has left me with the feeling of being outside or being the “other” in the society I grew up in. “Exotic” is a word people often use believing it is something positive. In reality it is a Eurocentric thought of the black body as being something to be consumed like chocolate, coffee or fruit. I find this notion problematic because it puts my body in the category of indulgence. Historically speaking I think we should be way above that, but it seems to me that there is still a lot of work to be done.
Moons and Junes gives women the opportunity to represent their own bodies. Furthermore it gives the female body a voice, which it is historically known for not having.

 


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