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Claire Milbrath's 'Groin Gazing' Series Gets Close and Personal

 - Mar 7, 2014
References: vice & jezebel
The 'Groin Gazing' series by Claire Milbrath offers an alternative to the way we think about female desire. The cleverly titled series, styled by Mila Franovic for Vice mag, features close-ups of packages -- and I'm not talking about the kind you get in the mail. No, instead, Milbrath is photographing some clothed crotches, and the sails are definitely more than half-mast. Each photograph is accompanied by a vague epithet that identifies the "type" of guy the wood belongs to, from "The Boyfriend" to "The Businessman" to the "Boy Next Door."

By isolating these gentleman's anatomy and generalizing their identities, this photo series challenges the underlying assumption that female desire requires a strong emotional undercurrent or narrative to flourish. Furthermore, it also offers a powerful commentary on the fragmented, anonymous way that women are often photographed; a method that is casually accepted and rarely questioned in mainstream media.

Despite the fact that all these boners are fully clothed, there is something deliciously clandestine about gazing at these images. However, the crowning glory of the 'Groin Gazing' series is the way in which it puts female lust at the forefront.