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Self-esteem, it was both shocking and refreshing to encounter none of the shame-making, looks-based social stratification that defines textilist (nude-world speak for “clothed”) settings. Equally refreshing was the general lack of sexual vibes permeating the event. Again, considering we’re used to a consumer culture in which everything is sexualized, combined with a conservative culture in which sexuality is demonized, one could be forgiven for expecting a young nudist gathering in Florida— home to a million tanked Spring Breakers each year—to look like a brightly lit version of Plato’s Retreat, the notorious ’70s-era New York swingers’ club.

She hated the church’s ideas about women and gender roles, she hated that they told her that Jesus was the only one who knew how best to live, but most of all, she hated that she couldn’t stop thinking about it. Mars Hill challenged her and she wanted to prove them wrong, so she kept going back. Eventually, just as an experiment, she began to follow some of the church’s advice. And as she changed her actions—stopped partying as much, started reading the Bible, became less promiscuous—Jess realized she felt happier.

As she told the NGO Vital Voices, “The pictures say, ‘My life isn’t just on a wall. Learn to respect me, hear my voice. ” “MY LIFE ISN’T JUST ON A WALL. Learn to respect me, hear my voice. ” 44 | bitch f e m i n i s t r e s p o n s e t o p o p c u lt u r e Bitch Media is a non-profit, independent media organization. IN AS IRMÃS SIAMESAS, (2012), two figures stretch across the brightly painted side of a Madison, Wisconsin, co-op, connected to one another through a tenacious, flowing rope of hair, a bridge between two women—one awake in the present, the other dreaming in the future.

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