Girls just wanna have fun (too)- Porn Series: Océane MAYA Boquet

Girls just wanna have fun (too)- Porn Series: Océane MAYA Boquet

Graphic designer, Océane Maya Boquet, is using her social media presence to tackle the still taboo subjects of female body empowerment and a women's relationship with porn. The tastefully-explicit designs act as a subtle 'fuck you' to the suppression of female nipples, gender inequality and the stigma attached to women who enjoy porn.

Many of her designs focus on the female anatomy to voice the differences between men and women in terms of genital acceptance. She also challenges how societal mindsets interpret a woman's body in comparison to a man's. Océane comments, "In my family, talking about sex is ok, they are very openminded about it. But, in society, you discover that it's not the case at all. Talking about sex is gross, rude and can make people uncomfortable. 

Though Océane and her family are comfortable about discussing sex, she fears that in society a women's character and sexuality are under more scrutiny...

"Male sexuality is more acceptable. It's like women should not have pleasure, they can't masturbate and they can't talk about their vaginal problems. For example, there are so many insults about a women's "attitude" (like whore, bitch, slut...), and for everybody that is ok! So, it is important to share images about women's genitals in all forms of art as it needs to be explored to potentially change people's point of view."

 

What's On? (Your Pants)

"I created these pieces to show Instagram's stupid rule to suppress all images of nipples. A nipple is a nipple, why are men's nipples acceptable? This is one more inequality. Your pants are supposed to hide the private parts of the body. To show outside what you have inside your pants, it says, "Yes, I have intimate parts, everyone has intimate parts, but society asks to hide myself and not to accept my nudity". Acceptation of your body is very important. 

I'm not saying that it should be acceptable to show an entire body part like a vagina and a penis on Instagram or the internet generally. When you are young or if you have never had any experience of sex, you should choose the right moment to discover other bodies and (maybe) the internet is not the best way to do so. But nipples, everybody has two nipples, men and women, so why hide the nipple?"

 

Eat With Me

As part of the #36daysoftype challenge, Océane produced the illustration 'Eat With Me' to pay homage to the female adult filmmaker, Erika Lust. This was an opportunity for the artist to fight for a woman's right to enjoy porn without social prosecution.

"The illustration 'Eat With Me" for #36daysoftype is very important. After viewing it, I hope some people can change the way they watch porn! I think this kind of porn should be more available and more generalised in the porn industry. Erika Lust permits the viewing of some free videos, but for most of them, you need to pay and that's normal. She is a movie director, her actors are respected in the first world. This is art.

When you go to the cinema, you pay for your ticket, when you buy a DVD, you pay for it. As it's free, most of regular porn is made in bad conditions. Sometimes, but not all of the time, women working in the industry are exploited and forced by violence, or by a necessity for money. There are sometimes underage women and they have a big risk of catching sexually transmitted diseases...

Also, as a result of pornography, there is an image of 'the submissive woman', an image whereby women are seen as objects and I fear that today's generation of young people are growing up with this image. Now, to have sex for the first time, people are already seeing porn and what they have seen, is for them, 'the right way to have sex', because they haven't discovered for themselves what is 'real sex'. And it's making a generation of boys and girls have the image that the woman needs to give pleasure to a man and violence is a part of it. Those images can support rape and violence to women because it's acceptable in movies. Which, of course, it shouldn't be."

 

Can feminists support porn?

"You can be feminist and love porn, you just need to be aware of what you watch and be responsible about it. Feminist porn is not only for women, it's just a style of porn that respects women and men in an equal way. This is what Erika Lust does and her movies are really special and beautiful."

"I really love to make people think, and maybe shock them at the same time, as it's a good way to begin a conversation. Art is also a way to show something differently. For example, my #36daysoftype this year is made with two different kinds of illustrations. One with a lead pencil, very simple, in black and white, and more about a women's anatomy. The second style is more colourful and a little more provocative and sexual. I wanted to catch the attention of different kinds of people, with different kinds of sensibilities about art and sex. I love to create worlds where people recognise themselves in it."

 

So what can we expect to see from Océane in the near future?

I can't wait to see what's next! I went to Argentina to meet a feminist association because the issues that women face out there are quite alarming. I will give some of my time to do illustrations for their website. I also created some stickers to promote female power and legal abortions in Argentina- they are available to download for free on my website for home printing. Also, I am working on sex, women and love handmade bindings and sustainable notebooks that I hope to be able to sell very soon. The third thing is that I am making a children's book that was written by my little sister and that I am illustrating. I would love to live as an illustrator but I am also into graphic design. I love working on social projects and making my art and job useful. My dream would be to work in a community of artists and designers to work on prints or screen prints for social projects. Let's see if I can find my job dream soon!

Want to find out more about the artist?

Visit her website here and check out her Instagram here

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