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AuthorThomas Phillips

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May 28, 2012

In 1987, New York artist Andres Serrano plunged himself into a decades-long censorship controversy when he photographed a crucifix submerged in his own urine. For a work so widely interpreted as blasphemous on a conceptual level, the image itself is surprisingly inoffensive; the icon is presented in a misty, yellow hue, giving it an ethereal glow. Indeed, […]

April 30, 2012

Ever since Leviticus taught us that a menstruating woman contaminates everything that she touches, periods have been getting a bad rap as ‘impure’ or ‘filthy’. Luckily, in the wake of the Woman’s Rights Movement, the notion of menstrual taboo began to be redressed and menses became a symbol of female oppression. Period blood subsequently became a […]

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