Anyone who's ever been called a nice piece of "arm candy", a "pushover" or (God, forbid) "sugar tits", will know these put-downs are mostly directed at individuals with clits.
There are a fair bunch of insults that, even though aren't technically gendered, are considerably more often aimed at females, like "slut", "whore" and my favourite of all "feminazi". While there are a few "mansults" out there (insults only aimed at men), it's fair to say there are arguably less than female-led put-downs.
What happens when you visualise such gendered snubs? Well, artist Anna Friemoth has done just the thing, with a new series lovingly entitled Words for Women. To no surprise the bold, portrait-led artworks embody sexist insults for women, being brought to life with both Friemoth's creativity and some literal interpretations of the phrases.
And we've gotta say, if you hadn't realised already, you soon see how most of our women-aimed quips are pretty ridic. Her embodiment of "arm candy" has the photographer herself modelling a gigantic sweet treat, "pushover" turns out as a dramatic, stylised fall of a girl and "sugar tits", well you can work that one out for yourself.
Maintaining a crucial element of tongue-in-cheek, Friemoth all the while demonstrating just how dumb our ingrained put-downs for women are. But if I'm totally honest I love the phrase "sugar tits", purely because there's not much better than boobs covered in sucrose.
Yet this shallow view of women's bodies ain't welcome, as Friemoth tells us. She says via email:
"Arm candy, sugar tits, butterface – these are common words people casually throw around all the time. When broken down and taken literally these words turn the female body into an object of consumption (sugar, butter, candy). What does this say about our attitude towards women?"
Words for Women will be exhibited in Friemoth's first solo New York show at Gallery 151 until March 5, 2016.
View Words for Women below and pass judgement on anyone who uses these phrases (bar "sugar tits") and get on with it. For more from Anna Friemoth head to her website.
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