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dc.contributor.advisorRice, Thomas, 1960-
dc.contributor.authorPeden, Nassau
dc.description38 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe artist writes “We are living segmented lives. We are estranged from our own bodies. We are told that nudity, hair, bodily functions, natural rhythms and cycles are crude, vulgar, and ‘uncivilized.’ Society subtly whispers, “This is not beautiful.” As soon as we are born, gender identity is given to us. If you are born male, you are instructed to become reserved, rational, controlled, and competitive. If you are born female, you are taught to be sensitive, delicate, demure, and passive. Qualities, defined in dichotomous terms as ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine,’ are reinforced throughout our lives with advertising and entertainment. As we grow, we feel the pain of being forced to change to achieve these invented ideals. These concepts are so insidious they affect the way we love each other. Music and television and novels and word of mouth undermine the sacredness of sex, the equality of love. The power and the purity of being intimate and vulnerable with another person becomes yet another social exchange tainted by expectation. Sex becomes sinful, experimentation becomes deviancy. We remove emotion from the act. As when we were children, we must go through an awkward and painful reshaping. I want to address the struggle, to bring notice to the fact that what is natural becomes uncouth, what is free is made rigid. I want people to recognize the forced assimilations, the attitudes they have adopted even though some small part of them was ignored or denied. I want to free the body from such confines and allow people to exist as the complex and imperfect organisms they are.”en_US
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dc.titleThe Offering : A Senior Individualized Projecten_US

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