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Stephanie Sarley papaya

Stephanie Sarley’s ongoing series of erotic fruit art brings vagina-based sexuality to the forefront. Sarley is an illustrator, printmaker and video artist based in Oakland, California — the cradle of the American second-wave feminist movement.

Sarley says the mission of the series is to normalize non-phallic sexuality and challenge society’s aversion to the vagina. She portrays the vaginal and clitoral orgasm through a series of incredibly suggestive vignettes featuring fruit. Because not all women have vaginas, the fruit makes a perfect non-gendered metaphor, allowing the viewer to process sexuality more abstractly.

Related: Decolonizing My Pussy: Moving Through Body Shame, Gender Dysphoria, & Sexual Abuse

Penetrating each juicy offering delicately and sensually to the tune of erotic ’60s tropicalia, Sarley forces the viewer to essentially look the metaphorical fruit right in the pussy as it oozes with pleasure suggested by the moans and yelps of the music. The touch is gentle and sexual, touching and teasing, with implied consent before fingers plunge into the object of desire. Some of the fruits, like some vaginas, squirt. Others gush, while some merely moisten to the touch. It all feels deliciously queer and celebratory!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLpKWPFAMa6/?taken-by=stephanie_sarley

Sarley’s other work is also vagina-centric and rejects the common expectation of feminine submission, as seen in her drawings of face-sitting, pegging and crushing, exemplifying feminine sexual dominance. (Get it!)

Sarley also shows vaginas through other botanical depictions, like her series of “Oricunts.” In an artistic conversation started by artist Georgia O’Keefe, Sarley continues that dialogue with simple, bold lines and a variety of colors and surroundings.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BI6PijYAaUg/?taken-by=stephanie_sarley

Sarley dips further into pop art and whimsy with her “Crotches” series. Various illustrations show crotches having fun smoking, drinking various cocktails and crying, among other acts.

The mustachioed crotches look you in the eye as they go about their business. Sarley’s humor is sharply entertaining and most obvious through “Crotches” and “Dickdog and Friends.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJowrtiAr2b/?taken-by=stephanie_sarley

Enjoy Sarley’s work? Support her by buying her coloring book, Dickdog and Friends, so that she can continue creating these awesome works and challenging the patriarchy through art.

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Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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