"It feels as if nudity and sex are naturally intertwined, after centuries of patriarchal structures cementing this notion in place. Can we really look at our own bodies and breasts with a purely neutral mind, after a lifetime of conditioning that they are there for straight-male pleasure?
Mude Threads’ mission is to celebrate the empowered female form on our own terms, in the face of censorship and sexualisation of our bodies. For me, embroidering real women onto clothing has never been about ‘removing’ the sexual aspect of our bodies. Instead, it is about making room for an empowered version of nakedness in a world that only has space for sexualised and objectified nakedness. If my mission was to remove all sexuality from the female form, I’d be fighting a losing battle. It would also be a battle I wouldn’t want to be a part of – our bodies should, and always will, be naturally intertwined with sex"
"The rules suddenly shift when women realise they can take nudes for themselves as an act of rebellion and/or self-love. When women acknowledge that the only viewers of this intimate image are themselves and an artist (a woman myself), any burden of appeasing to the male gaze can evaporate. Nakedness becomes empowering. Instead of avoiding spending time with their own nakedness, these women challenge themselves to spend hours with every inch of their bodies, for no reason other than art. Power-poses replace ‘sexy’ poses. Body rolls replace tummy-sucks."
Read more in Jazz's article: The Empowered Nude - Is Female Nudity Always Sexual?
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