“The Girl Who Cried Pain”

Recently I stumbled upon an article saved in my bookmarks since 2015. The article is entitled “Female Pain: Living with an Illness That No One Believes In”  this led me on to another similar article from the same online magazine “One Third of Women are Living in Sexual Pain that is Ruining Their Lives” and then finally onto this one “How Doctors Take Women’s Pain Less Seriously”.

I began to think about my own personal experience with the health service in the United Kingdom, and with the upcoming election my Facebook is flooded with meme’s trying to persuade me to “Vote to Save Our NHS” I begin to recount the positive and negative experiences I’ve had with both private and government run healthcare.

While the articles above are interesting, they’re all anecdotal. I have had similar, what I would consider poor, experiences when it has come to my gynaecological and mental wellbeing in the past, but the attitudes of doctors and nurses I have met has varied widely.  I decided to look further into whether there is a genuine disparity between men and women’s treatment – and particularly if women’s health is taken “less seriously”.

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My experience in the subversive world of cam-girls and the psychological consequences.

In my final year at University I created a three channel video installation surrounding the theme of Cam-Girls. For those that are not familiar Cam-Girling is a form of online sex work. Patrons of various websites watch Cam Models performing sexually explicit acts, the users of sites pay the models per minute, or via tips and paid private sessions. You can also pay for their social media videos and links such as SnapChat/Skype etc. These sites have grown increasingly more popular as the internet proliferates, and with the developing demand for instant gratification the sites have become a niche area of the porn and sex work industry. These sites have also become a place of artistic inspiration, (I fully include myself in this category) with artists such as Dye Lindsey who uses CamGirling  as not only as a means of funding her Art Degree but also as a form of inspiration for her artistic practice.

My project entitled “Cyber Feminist Manifesto” attempted to infiltrate this subversive world. I reenacted famous feminist performance pieces from throughout contemporary art history. I performed these on a popular Cam Girl website, aiming to investigate firstly the public reaction to these performances, but to also gather evidence about the psychological effects of use of these sites for both the client, and the performer. This project was for my Degree show, for which I received a 1st and an award from the South Korea University of Seoul for my creativity and concept. If you are interested in the artistic concept and the evidence supporting that concept, I suggest you check out my other blog.

Judges from Seoul University (Korea) looking at the work. I won this prize from the Seoul University for creativity of concept.

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Breaking News! Sex education to be made compulsory in Secondary Schools…. But not really.

When I watched this video on the Independents website this morning after seeing the headline “Sex education to be made compulsory in all schools in England, government confirms”….I was elated. What a massive step in the right direction, what great news after charities and activists have campaigned long and hard for a change in the outdated PSHE system. I had even created a parody video myself, satirising the outmoded Sex education videos I had been subjected to at school which had offered little insight into the truly confusing world of sex and relationships I discovered as an adult. But there is always a catch……

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“For my children. May they learn life’s hardest lessons from books” – The Controversy Surrounding The Man Who Would Be Queen.

I have just finished reading Alice D. Dreger’s extremely thorough account of the historical events that led to the brutal controversy of J. Michael Bailey’s book ‘The Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism. I do own a copy myself, but it was one of those books I got half way through, misplaced and then forgot to pick back up – despite how interesting I found its contents. This essay by Dreger has reignited my interest in the book and added a considerable layer of context surrounding it’s backlash. I have now revived my copy and look forward to finishing it with a better understanding of its historical and societal context.

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About Me

I am a recent arts graduate, for the last few years I have been creating films, installations and performances under the watchful gaze of a handful of hardworking tutors. I loved my time at University, I am extremely proud of the work I made and although I am sure having a career in artist filmmaking is not for me, my creations allowed me to explore certain subjects in near excruciating detail.

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