point

 
 
Original

Original

Lustre Print , 18 x 20 , 2019

Lustre Print , 18 x 20 , 2019

Point began as a liberative piece. It began as a testament to the exploration of sexuality and acceptance of ones own autonomy. After point was posted onto social media , it was flagged within 3 hours of being posted. The final statement from instagram atesting the reason for taking down the image was due to the fact that the person in the image had exposed FEMALE nipples. As a Queer individual who does not identify as a woman I was revolted by this statement. Not only did this platform take it upon themselves to gender me but they also stated because of the fact that it was female nipples , I was not able to expose myself in the same way as " Male" nipples. As an attest and opposition to this statement point 3 was created. Point does three things, it holds the autonomy of the person in the photo, the ability of the viewer, and the correct element for society to view a non-binary body without it attesting in societal norms or regulations. Point was a protest piece in remarks to all the work being taken down on Tumblr and Instagram for showing “female nipples.” As a queer person I was outraged. I created a sensual image and originally posted it with my nipple showing but I was flagged because I have what Instagram deemed as female nipples. As an element of protest I recreated the image and plastered a “male” nipple on top of my own. The result is that I was never flagged and the piece still remains on my Instagram to this day.