View Full Version : to all women here around...
02-01-2005, 06:47 PM
I have a request of women here around (a very few, I know) and so, dear fellows, of your wifes, mothers, daughters... if they agree :
As a sculptor, I am doing an investigation, based on this question :
"Would you define in one word (let's say two or three if one is really not enough) what gives you the feeling, the certainty that you are -with no doubts- a woman? would you point out in a clear way this thing/charasteristic that if you don't have it you would feel like a third sexe?"
Long question for one word, isn't it?
The request is related to my sculptor work, but as the answers may not be, feel free to use my private box (with first name and age). Answers from others cultures than mine would be of high interest, so many thanks to everyone!
02-02-2005, 03:01 PM
Excellent question, Anne!
I thought it would be quite difficult to arrive at an answer, but (and I apologize for its seemingly superficial nature) I would have to say my word is "curve(s)".
I would hesitate that the absence of any particular female sexual or reproductive organs would make me feel like any less of a woman...particularly because women are becoming less forced into the mother-wife role. And certainly when I think of a generic woman who is without any of those organs, I don't view her as being any less of a woman. And as for intangible qualities, I can't think of any right now which would "make or break" womanliness.
But when I think of a girl "graduating" into womanhood, I think of the development of her body in all of its areas. And whether that development may be impacted by "deformities" or whether the results of the development are removed or altered due to medical/religious/psychological reasons, some of the curviness still remains as a reminder of her womanhood.
And probably more importantly, when I think of a female who wishes to denounce her womanliness, I think of her hiding and otherwise "removing" curves from her body... I think of females who transform their bodies into those of lanky and nearly adolescent males... I think of women who develop muscle to the point that from a distance, they do not look like females.
Just my two cents :)
And as an afterthought: I think there may be some quality which persons agree is womanly and has made its way into my sculptures (whether it be curves or something else), because at a symposium a while ago, my partner was sitting at my display for me and he got quite a few confused looks and comments about how "feminine" the sculptures were! Although I wonder how bright some of those persons were, because one asked whether he was Julianna...
Because I have given birth to three people and so have seen how different that biological and psychological aspect of my self has been from that of the men in my life, my first thought was "giving birth". However, if I were infertile, I don't think that I would feel "like a third sex". In fact, I could say that now I am no longer fertile, yet I don't feel less of a woman. It is, however, the possiblity of creating a life within us (whether it actually comes to fruition or not) that defines our physiology and a good deal of our mental framework. I have often thought that I would be more successful in life if I had been a man because in some ways motherhood and two marriages have shaped me into such a nurturer. I give away my time and energy to others first.
But back to the original question: The possibility of giving birth. It is a form of creation that profoundly affects who we are.
By the way...do you plan to use the responses for a particular artwork or series of works, or was this just for your personal information? If for art, please describe what you are working on.
vBulletin® v3.6.8, Copyright ©2000-2013, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.