Forum Liberation versus Sexism - Your opinion counts!
In the past it was morality, today it is sexism?
Today, discussions around sensitive topics such as sexism and feminism are more topical than ever and of global importance, not least due to movements such as #metoo. Especially with regard to the treatment of swimwear, the different positions are reflected, since in hardly any other area of everyday life is the lightly clad body of women publicly visible. This discourse should nevertheless take into account the historical context:
The female body carried a stigma of indecency until well into the 20th century. Women who dared to violate the strict dress code while bathing had to expect denunciations and punishments. The scandalous exposure of the belly button through the invention of the bikini in 1946 can therefore certainly be described as a milestone of emancipation, considering that many women drowned due to the heavy, multi-layered swimwear.
As the bikini became established as swimwear in the 1960s, it was also increasingly used as advertising dress in sexualised advertisements.
While some voices still celebrate the skimpy two-piece today as a symbol of women's liberation, some critics increasingly call on women to cover their bodies so as not to be degraded to sex objects. The instrumentalisation of the female body as a product advertising tool seems to promote a reactionary image of women that denies models an individual personality.
In order to promote a timely formation of opinion and to advance a common discourse, the BikiniARTmuseum has initiated the forum "Liberation versus Sexism". We want to initiate a collective process, discuss broadly together and promote a timely formation of opinion. We not only want to shed light on the historical development of swimwear, but also bring the discussion to the fore - weighing liberation versus sexism.
In order to create a dynamic process, your opinion is needed:
Where is the line to be drawn in today's society?
What is possible in public? When are boundaries crossed?
Which bikini representations can be described as self-determined? Which ones as objectifications?
What thoughts and emotions does the subject matter evoke in you?
Have you already had experiences with sexism?
Do you have any advice for sufferers?
Share your views and pictures with us via #bikinivoices on Instagram or Facebook! This way we create a forum for joint discussion!
Opinions and thoughts of visitors on the topic "Liberation versus sexism".
"I think everyone should feel comfortable in their body and wear what they want.
The bikini museum is mega! I have so much more confidence now! THANK YOU!"
"It's nice to see how far liberation and self-determination has come and yet I question how much free will this is and yet how much collectivism is driving it all."
"On one hand, I'm angry and sad that women had to fight for so long to get the freedom to decide for themselves what to wear. On the other hand, I'm very proud that women have made it!"