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12 Artists Here to Slap Your Male Gaze in the Face

12 Artists Here to Slap Your Male Gaze in the Face

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I just can't take another manic penciled dream girl. Please. No more. No more male fantasies perpetuated as visual art, please. Do we really need another unexamined portrait of a nude female body created by a white male artist? No. Even on Instagram? No.

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Question you may have: I know I'm supposed to know what the male gaze is, but what is it really? As good old Wikipedia puts it, it is "the act of depicting the world and women in the visual arts and in literature from a masculine and heterosexual point of view, which present women as objects of male pleasure." 

Do we need more of this? After the year we just had? I'm gonna say no. Not in 2018. At least not in the pages of Paper Darts. 


A recent post by Juxtapoz to their social media page put me over the edge:

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They deleted my comment in mere minutes. 


So. Here are 12 artists to slap your male gaze in the face. 


Sara's unapologetically modern heroines are just not gonna take your bullshit anymore. 

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Panthea aims to "draw girls that would murder you in your sleep". Watch out male gazers. 

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Chloe Wise

@chloewise_


Milkmaids for the modern era.

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Wry illustrations of women you'd actually want to befriend.

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Kristen's subjects are fierce, active participants in their incredible 80s sci-fi dreamscapes.

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@cosmicsomething

Loveis illustrates bodies that remind you of their humanity. What a concept!

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Bold strong protagonists in firm control of their romantic desires. 

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@hiba_schahbaz

An exploration of "personal freedom, destruction, sexuality and censorship". 

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Curvy men and plants are pretty too.

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Political. Powerful. Beautiful.

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@soeymilk

As the expertly rendered female form emerges from her abstract background, we immediately see she's not about to take your shit.

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@dai.ruiz

Fantastically clad bodies in full control of their space in the world. Thank you.

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THE END


Now let's all buy this book

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Meghan Murphy's nights are spent at her drawing desk. Her days are divided between working as the creative director of Pollen Midwest and volunteering as editor-in-chief of Paper Darts.

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