These Powerful Images Remind Us We're Still Overcoming The War On Women

"Enough is enough"

The year is 2015.  But some archaic laws and bills aimed at controlling women's bodies and reproductive rights might have us believing we're in medieval times. 

In a response to these kinds of laws, and to victim-blaming and slut-shaming rhetoric, Arizona-based photographer and activist Liora K created the "Feminist Shoots." 

The "Feminist Shoots" are a series of photographs that show messages like "Enough is enough," "Your ignorance is more scandalous than my promiscuity" and "Abuse isn't always a fist," written across women's chests, backs, legs and arms.  

In a statement on her website, Liora K explains that the series is as an outlet for her anger and frustration over the issues women face. She goes on to explain why the women pictured are mostly nude: 

The models are predominantly half nude because the issues get under my skin – they're close to me, they affect me, and they are, in a sense, a part of me. Showing people shirtless also insinuates vulnerability – these attacks on women's rights affect us all in big ways and make us vulnerable in bigger ways. I know that these are provocative images may strike fear into some who would rather see women at the mercy of others when it comes to their reproductive health, while empowering others who see it as a hopeful image of a woman in control of her life and decisions.  

Below are a few photos from the series accompanied by some passages on the project by Liora K. 

"In March of 2012, when I started witnessing all the attacks on birth control, abortion rights, equal pay, and retractions of protections for survivors of domestic violence, I wanted to see an artistic response."

"I'm a feminist because I can't live in a world where I am defined, limited, and categorized by my genitalia, where women are objectified beyond reason, where rape culture thrives, and where these injustices (and more) are so blatantly ignored and denied by so many people."

"I believe in the power of intersectional feminism.  Even though I still have a lot to learn, I think that by going together, we can go far. I do my best to incorporate as many different aspects of women's struggles in my work — I want everyone to see themselves in my photographs."

"The oppression and dehumanization of women affects everyone, and I strongly desire to represent that."

"Part of making that happen is being open to the idea that I will always have something to learn — that a detail, a concept, an idea, will always be a mystery to me."

"This is both frustrating and incredibly motivating. This project has not only helped me to express my anger towards the amount of power that patriarchy wields, but has been an incredible vehicle to understanding parts of feminism that I hadn't previously been conscious of." 

"As a result, I am so much more aware of what I am being taught by media and privilege, and how to try to circumvent that conditioning to achieve greater equality."

Check out more photos below:

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(H/T: Motley News)

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