Rape culture, domestic violence, slut shaming: these women are fighting back in a powerful way.

Liora K - The Feminist Photos

Liora K – The Feminist Photos

 

You are not owed my body.

Sexuality is a spectrum.

Rape is not a blessing in disguise.

Feminine ≠ dumb. Sexual ≠ slut. Strong ≠ bitch.

 

The messages are as raw as the bare flesh they’re written on.

They speak of strength, hope and courage – of a world where women’s rights are being sabotaged and women are fighting back.

They are The Feminist Photos, a series of stunning black and white images shot by 26-year-old Arizona photographer Liora K.

The images – which touch on domestic violence, rape culture, slut shaming, racism, strength, femininity and LGBTQ and reproductive rights – are the kind that make you wanna fist-pump the air in vadge-lovin’ solidarity.

I discovered them while writing about my own experience with slut shaming, and asked Liora what drove her to create such a powerful collection.

“It wasn’t so much a moment as much as a slow compounding of information that just broke me completely,” she says, having witnessed attacks on birth control, abortion rights, equal pay and protections for domestic violence victims in her home country, early 2012.

“At the start of the project, I was completely full of rage. After a couple of months, it had dissolved to a slow burn. I felt as though I was finally being heard and making the impact that I wasn’t making through petition signing.”

Behind each image is a story – women who have been fetishised because of their weight or race, others who have experienced violence or shame. Each shared their thoughts and experiences with Liora, who worked them into key phrases and painted them onto each subject’s bare flesh.

“What I find the most meaningful about the work is the connection between people,” she said.

“It takes a lot of bravery to model for a project like this, and requires a lot of opening up. The openness and commitment to social change is amazing, and I consider myself very fortunate to act as a conductor for their stories.

“I trust them and they trust me to be authentic, honest, and raw. The process is really beautiful, and completely personal and collaborative.”

Arizona photographer Liora K has had work featured by lifestyle and news media around the world.

Arizona photographer Liora K has had work featured by lifestyle and news media around the world.

 

So far Liora’s photography has been featured on Jezebel, The Huffington Post, Marie Claire (Italy), Le Monde, USA Today, CNN and more.

Not bad for someone who only picked up a camera in their first year of college.

After a few lessons from her father, an amateur photographer, Liora became obsessed and went on to major in photography. Her photographs have been captivating and inspiring audiences ever since – particularly when it comes to body love and acceptance.

“Body love really came to the forefront of my mind when I started working with The Militant Baker (blog) on a somewhat regular basis. It brought me around to consider my own disordered thinking, and how damaging it can be, and how it can completely isolate someone,” she said.

“I then started listening more, and looking into the damaging systems that maintain status quo … and that’s when it really began to seed in my mind as something I needed to pay very close attention to.

“Photoshop and body policing damages so much of ourselves – being able to look at oneself in an image and enjoy being seen should not have to be a painful process.”

Check out more of Liora K’s kick-arse work here and here, and the gallery below.

 

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