Thanks to my friend Susie for pointing out boingboing’s entry on one of the coolest pieces of art that I have seen in a long time. Rarely do I see art that makes me want to own it (or a print) ASAP for my own house or office, but Heidi Taillefer’s Venus Envy (warning: NSFW!) is brilliant. When you get a chance, take a peek at it, and see for yourself – you might see something different. As the quote from Taillerfer on boingboing mentions, “Venus Envy” is a take on Freud’s phrase “penis envy” and presents a feminine counterpoint to Freud’s concept of envying male privilege. I like that the artist mentions this painting “implies the enviable female advantage of being the carrier of new life.”
About Holly Moyseenko
Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.
My boyfriend and I went to a Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit at the local art museum, and as we were climbing the stairs to get to the display—I noticed this painting on the staircase. The artist, Ryotaro Tokita, left the piece untitled, [...]
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