Photo Series: Ama, Soy Una Puta / Mom, I’m a Whore

Puta, Whore. Perra, Bitch. Callejera, Streewalker. Marimacha, Dyke. Mujer facil, Loose woman.

In order for patriarchy to maintain the hegemonic power, womyn must adhere to invisible boundaries set forth by patriarchy. Once a woman oversteps a boundary of the traditional woman, whether it is through her attire, number of sexual partners, sexual orientation, or her refusal to love at all, she is indirectly challenging patriarchy causing havoc and confusion to the male identity. Derogatory words are incessantly used to defame a woman’s reputation, shame her for not assuming the traditional role and devalue her worth for not being a “decent” woman. Backlash and devaluation of the woman is further perpetuated when she is a woman of color and of low economic status. So, whether a santa or a puta, a saint or a whore, womyn will inevitably face oppression from the violent language of patriarchy. However, by reclaiming derogatory terms, womyn are denying the power the words have in controlling their sexuality and redefining how the word is used.

MEM’s new photo series, “Ama, soy una Puta”, Mom, I’m a Whore, is a bilingual tribute to the loose woman. Inspired by Sandra Cisneros’  poem “Loose Woman” , “Ama, soy una Puta” aims to re-appropriate a mujer’s sexuality through the defiance of systematic patriarchal structures women worldwide have been conditioned. In this photo series, we will feature womyn from diverse backgrounds and experiences reclaiming a derogatory slur well as a personal interview with them in their process of declaring ownership of such hateful language. It is within this context that MEM seeks for “Ama, soy una Puta” to promote the healing of victims of individual, cultural, and institutional sexual violence through art.

Jessica Alvarenga

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