I've looked at that sculpture over and over and I don't see a single thing about it that suggests sexual violence. Is it the fact that she's lying down? Naked? (I was literally just at the Louvre today. Most of the statues are naked and very few suggest sex - though quite a few suggest violence unrelated to nakedness) I'm not arguing that it's a horrific thing if it does depict sexual violence, but nothing in that statue looks to me like the aftereffects of harm? — Asked by Anonymous
Okay, let’s go through this numerically:
1. The op says specifically “how to use sand to freak people out”. So right there, it’s clear that there is an intent for this presentation to cause ALARM and FEAR in people.
2. The op then talks about the effect on a person who goes “to help her out” and then the sand sculpture crumbles in their hands. Again, this indicates that the sculpture was intended to, at very first glance, tell a story of a NUDE WOMAN IN DISTRESS.
3. I’m sorry, but let me take five minutes to LOL that you think looking at shit at the fucking Louvre is somehow relevant. What you need to look at are more common and popular images presented in TV and movies. You need to look at the way women who are victims on screen are presented, both in position and camera angle. It is very, very common for a female victim to be posed and presented in JUST THIS WAY. Or: like, watch a couple episodes of Law & Order: SUV. Or, like, any show that kills women (spoiler alert: it’s all of them). This is a pose that is burned into popular culture as being the “murder victim” pose, especially for women.
3b. Notice that this prank is posed RIGHT at the water’s edge, which implies being washed up there because I don’t know a lot of people who just plop down at the edge of the water rather than further back on dry land. This back brain knowledge, coupled with the fact that this place forces the sculpture to be viewed FROM behind because unless you’re in the water, you will see it that way at first.
4. Notice how the pose is very deliberately chosen so that it shows that this is a person who is not in conscious control of their body. The figure isn’t propped up on one arm, show that it is awake and perhaps enjoying the water. The figure is not on it’s back, as if sunbathing. Everything about this figure is meant to say “this woman is unconscious at the very least. She’s unconscious and naked”.
5. To be unconscious and naked (or somewhat undressed) for a woman outside of her home (or god, sometimes even inside it) is basically a sign that sexual violence has or is about to occur.
6. Speaking of, let’s talk about the heinous case of what happened to Jada, a 16-year-old girl who’s rape went viral over social media. And let’s talk about how the position of her body in the picture of her during her rape is being mocked, that it’s got it’s own hashtag. Let’s talk about the fact that men know what it looks like when women have been sexually assaulted/raped or are in a position to be. They know how to evoke it, how to mock it. The OP KNOWS, either through culture or personal experience what it looks like and how to make something that shorthands and says “VICTIM” to onlookers.
7. Really? You’re comparing works by art that was intended to be art from centuries earlier to a PRANK from 2014. You saw a prank and looked up art history to justify saying “I don’t see what’s wrong” re: the subject of sexual violence. REALLY?
8. If this is not sufficient to lay out for what’s wrong with that picture, that prank, and your response, there’s not a damn thing I can do for you.