Stoya by Steven Klein


Over the Christmas break I’ve been exploring ideas surrounding gender, investigating what are perceived and understood as ‘natural’ and ‘unnatural’ bodies and gender identities. Biological sex has been assumed to be the basic category, which influences one’s own self-identification as well as others to one side or the side of the gender binary. As soon as the question, “Is it a boy or a girl?” is answered, it’s assumed and seen as ‘natural’ that the individuals’ gender will align with their biological sex thereafter naturally.  However, social conditioning, platonic ideals of gender ‘norms’, stereotyping and rigid socially/culturally accepted frameworks also come into play. We are taught and learn that males and females are meant to act, behave and look distinctive from each other and that sex gender and sexuality all link naturally. A male will be masculine and have heterosexual desire towards his opposing sex. This is the ‘norm’. However…

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