Indecent exposure: Breastfeeding and Porn

5 August 2013

Rebecca Short and I are excited about this event we’re putting together as part of The Porn Project, a fringe art campaign happening this month.

We are really interested in hearing your thoughts on breastfeeding and Porn, why are women who breastfeed in public walking a fine line between meeting their baby or child’s needs and showing a bit too much breast? Why do women feel pressure to be discreet and breastfeed with modesty despite the excessive use of breasts in media and advertising?

We are lucky to have Barbara Sturmfels to facilitate the discussion, so please come and join us for a coffee on Monday the 12th of August at Alleluya Cafe in St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road, between 10am and 1pm. Discussion from 10.30am – 11.30am. There will be time after for more discussion.

This is a mother friendly event, babies, children and partners are welcome.

In the media, we read things like; a breastfeeding woman might convey “the wrong image” about an eating establishment (source), and “…many mothers would breastfeed in public, they felt reluctant and uncomfortable, citing reasons such as “people stare as they walk past” and “the stigma around it”.(source)

Please note, we’re using art to walk a line that is collectively neither ‘pro’ nor ‘anti’ porn, but that instead celebrates diverse desires, bodies, sex and erotica, while at the same time refusing misogyny and racism – whether the repetition of narrow ideas about ‘normal’ sexuality, or explicit gender- and race-based violence.

More about The Porn Project:

Karangahape Road
Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland
Aotearoa/New Zealand

August 8-18, 2013

The Porn Project is a fringe art campaign. For these ten days we want to get people talking about porn, and we want to do this in ways that are creative, grassroots and participatory.

We’re using art to walk a line that is collectively neither ‘pro’ nor ‘anti’ porn, but that instead celebrates diverse desires, bodies, sex and erotica, while at the same time refusing misogyny and racism – whether the repetition of narrow ideas about ‘normal’ sexuality, or explicit gender- and race-based violence.

We will be based on and around K’Rd, occupying spaces in Method and Manners, Ironbank, shop fronts and the street. The show is set to be broad and greatly varied as our 50+ contributors respond to issues and elements around porn. We will have paint, poster, video, illustration, dance, guerrilla action, talks, installation, participatory and live performance and films, for all y’all senses and sensibilities.

http://the-porn-project.tumblr.com/

Cover image credit: Francesco Bartolozzi Woman Suckling an Infant (source)

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