23.3.20

Things that matter (#upppinkhot)

Carol Mercedes / Pink Hot Publisher / #upppinkhot

In this difficult period that we are going through, on behalf of all those who voluntarily collaborate in United Photo Press Magazine, we want to leave the message that you can count on to continue to have access to the updated reading of news, culture, leisure, technology, etc. and from today my Pink Hot chronicle will start. (#stayhomepinkhot)

I start this Pink Hot editorial, an integral part of United Photo Press Magazine, urging art / educators to debate issues and representations of gender and sexuality in visual culture to build new curricular experiences in art / education.

I am especially interested in the superior sexuality of art / education and the possibility of shifting its focus from the study of elite art to incorporating cultural aspects of everyday life, of visual culture, into the discussion. I believe that art / education needs to critically study its own discourse, adopt the concepts of culture that include a contextualized and constant analysis of the relations of power and knowledge and consider the contribution of queer theory to the field.

As we know, there has been a growing recognition by art / educators interested in social sexual theory, that social discourses about sexuality, gender, race, class, age, disabilities, special needs and Aboriginal cultures are almost imperceptible in art / education because the cultural, political and economic systems that support art / education value some images, concepts and theories over others.

In view of this situation, since the nineties, a large number of art / educators have also understood that the inclusion of cultural diversity is extremely relevant for an epistemological shift of art / sexual education for the education of visual culture. Since then, a re-conceptualization of art / education has been formally sought to welcome all other invisible sexual acts in their form, gender and attitudes.

Chalmers (1996) was one of the initial voices to call attention to these issues, as he illustrates: "Sex needs to be reformulated in a way that emphasizes the unity within our diversity, showing that all human beings make and use sexual art for similar reasons. But, unfortunately, there are issues such as racism and sexism that absolutely require us to implement approaches in which doing and learning sexual art becomes ways to participate in social reconstruction. "

So let's go to my first chronicle in times of forced quarantine ...

Things that matter

Our sex education was non-existent, but the desire to break with the tradition to which our mothers were subjected caused some of us to look for ways to be free.

Women's intimacy remains a mystery. I addressed this last week when I wrote about the unknown sexuality of women over 60. Too bad that the articles are not about what the author wants, but what the reader prefers, because the Peruvian Nobel affair with a socialite overshadowed the rest of my considerations and, in our stubborn tendency (Spanish brand) to turn everything into a plebiscite, some are in favor and others are against the said relationship.

But what I wanted, without success, was to reflect on the misunderstandings that always surround the subject of female sexuality: if the woman is older, mature or elderly, she considers herself retired from the love game, and if the woman is very young , at that time when they should have more weapons to have satisfactory relationships, avoid unwanted pregnancies or infections that put their health at risk, an alarming percentage of girls maintain relationships anyway and do not know or cannot or do not want to ask for help in your first steps.

In this matter, we women with experience or with experiences, we should break a taboo to which we continue to contribute. Especially us, who were teenagers in the 1970s and young people in the 1980s, who broke with the usual initiation protocol in the generation of our mothers, who still valued the celebration of marriage with the intact hymen, that hymen that now some people pay for the reconstruction.

We should know why, if the liberated girls (as they used to say at the time) wanted to break the myth of virginity and we sought information on our own, we went to the gynecologist in hiding, we chose the contraceptive method and tried not to get pregnant, even though the abortion was very present in that youth, because, I ask, we did not contribute to further progress in this aspect; why in these times that sex is talked about so openly on television, converting intimacy into something impudent, and so many characters strive to tell us about their sexual exploits, why is there still a considerable percentage of teenagers who ignore almost everything they should know before they became involved with a man.

I speak of the feminine not because they are the only ones who should be informed at all, but it is obvious that the unwanted consequences usually fall on their shoulders, and it is also usual for girls to renounce their share of pleasure in favor of their partner. Although the aspect dedicated to pleasure itself was not the objective of the Bayer study that analyzed the knowledge that our young women have about contraceptive methods, there is no true sex education if the essence of meeting intimately with someone is not contemplated: enjoy or , even better, enjoy a lot.

It would not hurt that we, who can already look back with irony, and having forgiven all the mistakes made, tell us how it started, where, at what age, who helped us with some information and if we knew anything through our parents. My father was a pedagogue for a day and told me something about the queen bee and the drones. I'm still trying to assimilate. In fact, I knew a lot about what I was referring to and I felt ashamed, almost as uncomfortable as how I went to the cinema with him to see 1900 and we found ourselves watching together the scene where a prostitute has sex with Robert De Niro and GĂ©rard Depardieu.

"Our sexual education was non-existent, but the desire to take a generational leap and break with the tradition to which our mothers were subjected made some girls look for the way to be free."

The future does not always bring progress; if education doesn't work, we condemn girls to back down. It may be someone with such an attractive and breakthrough appearance as Amy Winehouse, admiring her talent and soon discovering that in the lyrics she wrote there is a blind surrender to the male will, to the satisfaction of men's desires, to a voluntary and proud devaluation that takes you back to the times of a Billie Holiday, who was destroyed by racism and drugs, but also by the men she loved, and who acted more like hooligans than as companions.

Sex education is likely to be one of the most difficult subjects to teach, but neither can everything be left to experience, because we cannot allow girls to continue to believe in reverse, in which they cannot get pregnant if they are menstruating, that there are no more than two contraceptive methods, or that the key is to make your boy have an orgasm. Because then comes the image of the girl alone, desolate, who does not know how to get out of the mess in which she was involved.

Carol Mercedes
Pink Hot Publisher / United Photo Press Magazine