One Sex Educator’s Erotic Collages Change How You Perceive Pleasure

lunes, 9 de enero de 2017 9:29

|Olympia Villagran




What if sexual education was based on facts instead of social taboos? If it could be inclusive and tolerant to different orientations, as well as non-binary gender?

erotic collage pipa vacker

According to the World Health Organization’s framework for developing sexual health programs, education should include information on:

Preventing STIs, AIDS, pregnancy, as well as the mechanics of fertility and reproduction.

The role of pleasure, eroticism, and satisfaction.

Gender differences, inequalities, and human rights.

Importance of responsibility and consent.

Gender identity and sexual choice.

erotic collage zoe

In 1975 Maurice Merleu Ponty said, “To speak of sexuality is to speak of the essence of human beings.” In order to understand the complexity of sexuality, we need to see it as an inherent aspect of our existence. Our personal development relies on how we satisfy our basic needs such as our desire for contact, intimacy, emotional expression, pleasure, tenderness, and love.

Unfortunately, this restructuring will never happen if sexual education, and all it entails, is seen as taboo, perversion, or unnecessary depraved thoughts. Despite this subject still being one of our educational setbacks worldwide, there are some who have challenged the moral limits in order to share sexual, pleasure, eroticism, desire, and pertinent knowledge with others.

erotic collage zoe ligon
Zoë Ligon is a visual artist and sexual educator who uses collages and photography to change the way we see sexual encounters and pleasure. Through construction paper and photography, she’s redefined eroticism in smart, raunchy ways. Faceless women and men with no facial expressions are the protagonists of the touching, kissing, nudity, and fluid exchange featured in each illustration. Suggestive positions, provocative clothing, and stimulating poses make us forget we’re seeing one-dimensional images.


erotic collage sexual freedom

Also known as Pipa Vacker, this artist and sexologist assures us that sex is in our nature. So we need to understand, explore, accept, and enjoy it like we would do with any other process. According to the creative aesthetics of her project, chastity, fidelity, monogamy, and heterosexuality are cultural principals instead of natural ones. Why is it that we continue to confuse freedom with debauchery or pleasure with guilt? 

erotic collage sex education

Ligon’s work shows the real side between lovers who only seek to please each other through sexual satisfaction. The moment when rules, shame, and customs disappear is when human beings can fully feel what pleasure entails. Beyond nymphomania, having and enjoying sex is as healthy as it is natural. The only disadvantage in this argument is held by women who have multiple sexual partners. Unlike their male counterparts, they continue to be viewed as sluts.

erotic collage sex ed

Sex education seeks to eradicate backward thinking based on judging anyone who uses their sexuality freely. Sexology not only wants to facilitate the quest for pleasure but also educate us to become tolerant beings. In some parts of the world ignorance provokes labels or violence towards members of the population. It also leads to female circumcision, breast ironing, and genital mutilation. So more than lewdness, pleasure and eroticism need to be part of personal and professional development.

erotic collage sensuality

To fully enjoy physical contact, arousal, penetration, or any other form of sexual practice, we need to change the way we think of pleasure and sex. This is only done through accepting and understanding our condition as sexual beings.


Sources:

Zoë Ligon

WHO Developing Sexual Health Programmes




Translated by María Suárez






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