Naked Girls Reading is performance art. It is a celebration and a challenge. It is a living, breathing nude painting that asks viewers to recall how to exalt rather than dissect and scandalize female sensuality. It marries things that have value we understand; history, great literature, the written arts – with something whose value we currently don’t – reverence of female nudity and its ability to inspire. When intelligent women hide behind nothing; when they unapologetically present their personality, wit, bodies, honest opinions, and favourite stories from our collective history (both real and imagined), we are forced to see that history – and its attitude towards the sensual – differently.
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