A Glimpse of a Vulva & It's Pornographic

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:49
Submitted by Carlin Ross

This painting by artist Leena McCall was removed from London's Mall Gallery on the grounds that it was "pornographic and disgusting".  It seems that the landing strip - a glimpse of a vulva - is too much for British society.

“My work deals with female sexual and erotic identity,” McCall said in response to the censorship. “The fact that the gallery has deemed the work inappropriate and seen it necessary to have it removed from public display underlines the precise issue I am trying to address: how women choose to express their sexual identity beyond the male gaze.”

If you go to any museum, it's a total cock fest. You're practically impalled by all the phalluses in your face. But a vulva - now that's pornographic.

The War on Women starts with the censorship of our sex organ.

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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Challenging Art

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:44

This is even more ironic given that the picture was to be part of the Society of Women Artists' 153rd annual exhibition

The gallery say they were responding to a number of complaints (it was en route to their learning centre frequented by school groups etc) but they were prepared to replace it with a less "challenging" female nude. They don't seem to have thought about just moving it or even better, just discussing the picture. Isn't art supposed to be challenging, supposed to be worth discussing?

It's a portrait of Ms Ruby May (who leads erotic workshops). & don't we all love the idea of a similar portrait of Betty & Carlin being exhibited

Art is SUPPOSED to be challenging

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 16:09

This is so disappointing, so prudish, so sexist. Art is meant to shake up our perceptions, to get us seeing and feeling differently and more thoughtfully. Suppression is the opposite of what art is all about---it precludes the whole debate about the meaning the artist is trying to convey. If the gallery found this mildly provocative painting 'pornographic', what would they think of Betty's erotic and vulva drawings?

P. S. Recently I spent a wonderful day at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. I honestly can't recall that it was anything like a cock fest, but there weren't any vulvas, either. Even the most sensual sculptures of women were as smooth between the legs as Barbie dolls. When are we going to grow up?

Sexist issues with any work of art that clearly shows a vulva

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:22
WW2 baby (not verified)

I continually hear about sexism in politics in the US etc. and abroad, (especially in a certain party here, and other countries) and I'm almost certain that sexism must have permeated my entire childhood, my adolescence, and every day since then.
I like to think of myself as a man that is not sexist; and because I don't have the perspective of women over all these years as women do, I know that there is a strong possibility, or even a likelihood that sexism may lurk somewhere within me.
Is there a questionaire or test I can take, or a number of questiions that I can answer that might give me some clarity on this by virtue of my "test results?
 WW2 baby 

Have these people never heard

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 10:26
Anonymous284 (not verified)

Have these people never heard of The Origin of the World by Gustave Courbet?
And they pretend to know shit about art?
Sad to see that 150 years after, Courbet's painting is STILL subversive...

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