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Chiao-Yen Chang Art 122Y The Body: Male or Female In the art history, the body had holds

altered roles in the contemporary art world. While some pieces ambition the body and its relationships with altered factors like time and spirituality, there are pieces that allege apropos the body while not assuming an individual body part. The feminist movement has avant-garde at a quick clip over the accomplished one hundred years, arduous an already socially adequate macho way of thinking. This way of cerebration rationalized the macho sex as getting an ascendant force in association based on notions of gender. Gender, as an amusing structure, goes hand-in-hand with delicacy as an anatomy of repression. Hence, gender roles are open to challenge, negotiation, and redefinition. For example, In the Garden (Karin in Grass), by Collier Schorr, is a piece from 1996 that explores the identification of the body gender today (Robertson). Schorr makes strong statement about the body gender by using make ups and under wearing (panties and bra). Back in 80s, the human gay rights were not as free as now days. Through society, the identity of gender becomes unclear, we have more male that is actually female, and female that is actually a male. Plastic surgery exists to perfect the flaws people find with their bodies. However, the more seriously problem we should look into is what happened to the body? And what happened to the soul? How are people treated? The soul or spirit is an important agency to accede if allegory any section that apropos the body. Schorr showed it in a very direct in In the Garden (Karin in Grass), the body of the model displayed as an erotic object, while the model gender is ambiguous, laying on the grass land. The archetypal lies in a collapsed affectation that is allotment of Western artists conventions for depicting the female. The archetypal wears accomplish up and delicate bra apprenticed deeply beyond the chest, yet displays assurance of maleness such as abbreviate haircut, bearded legs, and underwear bunched at the bend in a phallic shape. Reactions to Schorrs photographs also acknowledge civic differences; for instance, German viewers do not automatically see barbate legs as male. Back in the 80s, human gay rights was not as free as nowadays. Schorr did a great job on this piece to show the soul or spirit of the human gay rights should be free. It poses the question, would you be happy if you are a male that is actually a female in spirit, and could not be the true self? Everyone has the right to decide what their gender are, what they are supposed to be. In this piece, Schorr gives the viewer the opportunity to think of anyone in the society, the human rights of being a gay, and the freedom of it. However, Schorr examines the body to show the society how it should be treated. Being restricted is not a happy thing. The freedom of human gay rights gives people happiness and truly be themselves. Schorr should be commended for his body studies, and contemporary artists from around the world should be inspired by trying to solve difficult social problems and make the difference.

Work cited Robertson, and McDaniel. Themes of Contemporary Art. New York: Oxford UP, 2010. Print. Image Available on