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NSFW: Photographer Captures Controversial Self-Portraits, Debunks Gender Norms

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Artists are driven to create by different reasons. For 23-year-old, Florida-based photographer Rhiannon Schneiderman, it's the objectification of women.

In her controversial series of self-portraits—entitled 'Lady Manes'—that borders between the lines of artistic and explicit, she takes a stab at challenging the conventional gender norms prevalent in society today, while lacing the commentary with her own sense of humor.

She stands, posed, femininely, while donning what she calls ‘lady manes’ in various hairstyles that—instead of flowing from the top of her head—flows from between her legs; and accessorizes with other garments to complete ‘the look’.

According to her, the Lady Manes are a symbol of feminine empowerment and a way to laugh at the conventional gender norms.

“I wanted to tell people that they were ridiculous, make them uncomfortable for a change,” she told TAXI in an exclusive interview, “I wanted to challenge femininity and the objectification of women that is still so incredibly prevalent in society.”

Schneiderman’s vulgar self-portraits have garnered mixed reactions—well-liked by women and her gay community, however, frowned upon by men.

But whatever the case, she takes the negative responses with indifference: “I guess it was my way of saying, F*** you. Enough is enough,” she says.

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[via Rhiannon Schneider]
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