My print for Women’s day this year depicts part of the myth of Psyche (Soul). Here she has undertaken an epic trial to venture down into the Underworld and to bring back Persephone’s beauty box. She was firmly told by Venus, not to open the box. However, Psyche couldn’t resist the chance of securing and enhancing her own beauty, as she was worried her lover, Cupid, might abandon her and perhaps her looks were fading ? On opening the box of beauty all she found was darkness and she fell instantly into a deathlike coma, a stygian sleep an unconscious path ? an anxious path ? BEAUTY AT ANY COST ?
“A consequence of female self-love is that the woman grows convinced of social worth. Her love for her body will be unqualified, which is the basis of female identification. If a woman loves her own body, she doesn’t grudge what other women do with theirs; if she loves femaleness, she champions its rights. It’s true what they say about women: Women are insatiable. We are greedy. Our appetites do need to be controlled if things are to stay in place. If the world were ours too, if we believed we could get away with it, we would ask for more love, more sex, more money, more commitment to children, more food, more care. These sexual, emotional, and physical demands would begin to extend to social demands: payment for care of the elderly, parental leave, childcare, etc. The force of female desire would be so great that society would truly have to reckon with what women want, in bed and in the world.”