'I Take My Body Back' aims to build a support system for fellow survivors of sexual assault and, by example, to encourage people to speak about their own experiences without shame. I built a hanging structure out of donated womxn’s panties strong enough to hold myself, and during the initial installation, invited visitors to help me overcome my experience of sexual assault by ripping out my personal story of rape that I had embroidered on a sequence of my own panties hanging on the gallery wall next to the structure. I chose to use the ‘fragile’ fabric of panties and the act of sewing, which is typically seen as ‘Womxn’s work’ and therefore weak, to challenge the gender stereotype that femininity is meek and instead reverse it and equate femininity with strength. 

                                  

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