Actually I’m A Boy

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One of the things that frustrates me greatly as a parent, is the way our society is divided so rigidly along gender lines. It’s unfortunate for all of us that our dress code, behaviour, hair, and even attitude is all shaped the moment we are pronounced as male or female. Who said boys can’t wear tutus? Who said a girl can’t take off her top once she has breasts?This year I want to do some paintings that reflect this. This piece is my first. It’s a kind of warm up. Paula said the face is too girly, and should be more androgynous. Maybe she’s right. But part of me protests against that too – who are we to define girlish and boyish faces? Isn’t that just part of the problem?

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