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Mediated Sexuality Fashion as an interface to explore female sexuality in public

Shan Liu MFA DT

Parsons The New School for Design


Is my skirt too short? Can they see my bra?

Stop watching me.

Why is he staring at me?

It is inappropriate.

What is integrity? She is a slut.

What is a pervert?

You are too young to wear that.

Banning pointy shoes during the Cultural Revolution

Sexuality in the Conflict Between the Self and “The Others�


Shame and morality living under the social gaze

Who are the Other? Why are we afraid of social gaze? “The competent Other� - idealized collective mind

Shyness and Society, Susie Scott


Theory & Experiments

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy >> This Emotional Life, PBS

Public Engagement >> Design for 25 cents

Confessions + Confrontations >> the letter to Josh


Precedents

The Park,

by Kohei Yoshiyuki

INHIBITION Dis-Armor,

by Krystof Wodesko

healed

through mediateion


Fashion as interface

How can the interface

mediate?

The vagina wedding dress

Marchesa - 2011 S/S Collection


The Dress of Revealing to be seen...

and to see...


Otoshiana, the “pit fall”


Social engagement: The Dress of Revealing at Times Squre

Pro: Audience is very diverse Con: Too much stimulation


Social engagement: The Dress of Revealing in the subway


Give people a chance to stare!


Observed patterns: 1. individuals -- quietly stare 2. groups -- start to talk 3. younger -- amused 4. older -- confused 5. people react according to others


AFRAID OF THE SOCIAL GAZE? GAZE BACK.


Mediated Sexuality

on view at Kellen Gallery now until May 19th, 2012

Thank you.


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