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Menagerie by Rachel Graves Interprets Female Street Harassments

By: Meghan Young - Published: Apr 16, 2014 • References: rachelgraves and beautifuldecay
It might not be everyday that a woman has to deal with sleazy men catcalling to them on the street, yet when it does happen it doesn't make them feel any more sexy; Menagerie by Rachel Graves, an artist based in Nottingham, United Kingdom, strives to capture exactly how it makes women feel. The common terms such as 'bird,' 'fox' and 'bitch' are all derogatory and dehumanize the women in various ways.

Menagerie by Rachel Graves sees the artist dress up as these animals in a way to reclaim control and ownership over the situation. She writes, "I didn’t want to just turn myself into the object that the harassers saw me as. I wanted to find a way to get my sense of self back, to be able to throw the words away and take back control.