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, though not technically gendered, are considerably more often aimed at females, like "slut", "whore" and my all-time favorite: "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-specific put-downs.
What happens when you visualize such gendered snubs? Artist Anna Friemoth has done just that, with a new series lovingly entitled Words for Women. The portraits take sexist insults to a literal level.
Her embodiment of "arm candy" has the photographer herself modeling a gigantic sweet treat. "Pushover" becomes a dramatic, stylized fall of a girl, and "sugar tits" – you can work that one out for yourself.
Maintaining a crucial element of tongue-in-cheek, Friemoth demonstrates 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.
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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