Slurs are not oppressive because they are offensive, they are oppressive because slurs by nature of being slurs draw upon certain power dynamics to remind their target of his/her/their vulnerability in a certain relation to power and as an extension of that, to threaten violence and exploitation of that vulnerability.
Photo Booth Series I
I never really feel comfortable with my body, although i have made progress there are still sometimes when i feel less than happy with the way i look. I remember there was a point in my life where i couldn’t even take off my shirt in front of close friends without feeling self conscious. Thankfully that is no longer the case, however i am fully aware that no matter how comfortable i am in my own skin someone else will find me repulsive. As a queer male in the age of cyber cruising each quality and identity a person has becomes categorized and isolated to be deemed attractive or unattractive by other individuals via online platforms. These images combine both craigslist personal ads and self portraits in which i have felt at ease enough with my body to take photos.
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sorry i forgot as a queer person i’m supposed to be amazed when a straight person speaks out against homophobia and worship them lol