Petra Collins' Twitter account.

Petra Collins' Twitter account.

Remember Petra Collins? The 20-year old Toronto-born artist shot to fame recently when news of her American Apparel collaboration, a menstruating vagina t-shirt, sent shock waves through the retail world. How very dare she? Seemed to be the general consensus from those not yet ready to embrace monthly cycle-themed attire. 

(Of course, Collins was in no way phased by the attention, saying the outpouring of disgust and high-fiving of feminists was "really awesome" and "exactly" what she hoping for.)

Well, Collins has made headlines again, and this time it's a tiny bit of pubic hair that's caused a fuss. That's right: pubes. The short and curlies that once seemed to protrude from every bikini line on every beach in Australia, nay, THE WORLD.

Instagram has deleted Collins' account after the artist posted an image of a woman wearing a bikini... with an unshaven bikini line. 

She might have been calm in the face of cyber-rage once. But this incident has really got the otherwise unflappable Collins riled up.

In an essay on Oyster mag also posted on her Facebook page, she writes:

I wasn’t shocked at the reaction I received from my t-shirt. I’m used to being told by society that I must regulate my body to fit the norm. I’m used to the fact that images of unaltered women are seen as unacceptable. I’ve taught myself to ignore it (as much as I can) and through the Internet (via sites like ROOKIE Mag) and social media platforms (like Instagram and Facebook) I’ve been able to freely share images and start discussions about these issues. Recently I had my Instagram account deleted. I did nothing that violated the terms of use. No nudity, violence, pornography, unlawful, hateful, or infringing imagery. What I did have was an image of MY body that didn’t meet society’s standard of “femininity”. The image I posted was from the waist down wearing a bathing suit bottom in front of a sparkly backdrop. Unlike the 5,883,628 (this is how many images are tagged #bikini) bathing suit images on Instagram (see here and here) mine depicted my own unaltered state - an unshaven bikini line.

She certainly makes a case, highlighting the hypocrisy of removing a photo like this when far more explicit photographs are widely available to the general public: 

Through this removal I really felt how strong of a distrust and hate we have towards female bodies. The deletion of my account felt like a physical act, like the public coming at me with a razor, sticking their finger down my throat, forcing me to cover up, forcing me to succumb to societies image of beauty.

In conclusion, Collins had something to say to the person or persons who betrayed her to the Instagram powers that be:

To those who reported me, to those who are disgusted by my body, to those who commented “horrible” or “disgusting” on an image of ME, I want you to thoughtfully dissect your own reaction to these things, please think about WHY you felt this way, WHY this image was so shocking, WHY you have no tolerance for it. Hopefully you will come to understand that it might not be you thinking these things but society telling you how to think.

Yep, we still love her.

 

Source: Jezebel

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