This NSFW 'yoni' art exhibition has thousands talking
IT'S A Lismore event that's already peaked the interest of more than 12,000 people ‒ for both bold and sensitive reasons.
Self-confessed political, angry feminist and Northern Rivers Stained Glass owner Maire Joy Barron, will next month host a collective art exhibition called 31 Days of Yoni ‒ celebrating yoni diversity.
The exhibition will showcase about 15 local female artists and their different modalities ‒ including: water colours, photos, sculpture, fabric, glass, mosaic, crocheting, and jewellery ‒ to celebrate the diversity of the yoni, which was the sacred Sanskrit word for vulva.
The main goal and many messages of the exhibition for Ms Barron was to "ignite more conversations about women's pleasure, women's bodies and the acceptance and variety".
"When we think about the history of the yoni/vulva and the deliberate lack of information and censorship of this complex organ from our leading scientific and educational institutions, we need take leadership on this issue," she said.
I'm quite passionate about closing the orgasm gap… it's similar to the pay gap.
"Studies have shown that women are having 17 to 18 per cent less orgasms than men on average in heterosexual couples across all age groups."
She said thanks to the male-dominated porn industry, the fastest growing cosmetic surgery for young women in Australia was labiaplasty.
She said young women were resorting to drastic surgery "because diversity is not being marketed as sexy".
"Somehow our sacred sexuality has become a tool to control us and to shame us.
"We see this exhibition as empowerment, connection and love for ourselves and others as direct action against this patriarchal system."
Ms Barron said female genitalia was only shown on Australian screens in X-rated films, and was not a true representation of the diversity of the female anatomy.
"Then all the young men are learning about what bodies are off porn … it's concerning."
With more than 450 people interested in the event on Facebook, 65 attending, 35 shares and a Facebook business reach of 12,800 so far, Ms Barron said she was overwhelmed at the public's response.
"It's exciting because it shows that this is something that's important to a lot of people.
"We should be making art that challenges the minority or disempowered groups. Come along and check it out."
The exhibition will kick off with the opening night on March 5 from 5pm until 8pm and will run for the entire month at 2birds studio Lismore - 177 Keen St Lismore NSW.
For more head to 31 Days of Yoni - A Collective Art Exhibition on Facebook.