women in the void

women in the void
challenge heteronormative ideas
entrenched patriarchal power
speaking loudly of identity
first wave ― second wave
third wave, performance
submerged female artists
rise to the surface
painting female relationships
female defiance, anguished
representations of experienced violence
no longer the performing female body
erotic virginal muse, vulval imagery
belongs to women
women return to their bodies
their own desires
soft curved petals
far from the male gaze
depriving the artist rapist
of his phallocentric power

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