Waist Trainers

“The Works” Waist Trainer (Waist Gang Society, worn by Kim Kardashian [2014]. Commercially-produced object. Latex and plastic.) In 2014, Kim Kardashian Instagrammed herself wearing this waist trainer, with the hashtags #ad and #whatawaist. As an icon of ideal physical femininity today, she’s credited for bringing this object into the contemporary public sphere. The waist trainer is a…

Waist Trainers

This research paper is a study of the waist trainer as a point of intersection along two intertwining histories: white women’s corsetry and black women’s hyper-sexualization. Investigating the return of the corset into contemporary mainstream, the writer looks at the pressure on women to alter their bodies in order to appear at once respectable and…

Interactions with AI

This essay is an analysis into the different materialites of AI and how they script their interactions with humans through gender and sex stereotypes.  Through the examination of the BMW GPS in Germany, the ELIZA Chatbot, Blabdroid, hitchBOT, and the “Amber Doll Project,” connections can start to be drawn about how the appearances and behaviors…

Thong

The thong, with its thin straps and minimal coverage, is an undergarment entangled with questions surrounding the appropriateness and delicacy of female sexual confidence. According to the 1996 Starr Report, Monica Lewinsky, then a White House intern, first seduced then-President of the United States, Bill Clinton, by showing him the straps of her thong underwear….

Hitachi Magic Wand

Hitachi Magic Wand (1968) Plastic and rubber 12”, 1.2 lbs The bright white body and electric blue accents of the Hitachi Magic Wand make it seem almost clinical in nature. Its bulky handle and bulbous head are notably not phallic, allowing sexual fulfillment outside the context of male genitalia. The Magic Wand first came on…

Hitachi Magic Wand

Hitachi Magic Wand (1968) Plastic and rubber 12”, 1.2 lbs The vibrator was first invented as an instrument to cure hysteria, a “disease paradigm” fabricated by physicians as early as the fifth century B.C. that pathologized women’s sexuality.  The Hitachi Magic Wand was first released in 1968, and was marketed exclusively as a muscle massager,…