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No Boaz

Gender expression – regardless of if a person identifies as male, female, or nonbinary – is possibly the only universally relatable part of human existence. Regardless of whether all three sectors of a person’s gender (biological, internal, outward expression) exist in harmony, many people present as one or the other of two binaries. As such, there is and has been a notion that men (or people assuming the male binary) seem to expect women to adapt into more modern roles with progressive responsibilities, without progressing themselves. This concept is further enforced by Christian ideology and reliance on Biblical text as a guide for what it means to be a woman, a wife, a mother, etc. My photography initiates a dialogue regarding the expectations that exist for women in Arkansas and the abundance of support within religion, but lack of community that is left for people that don’t follow a traditional Christian ways of existence.

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