GROWING UP WOMAN

“I feel there is something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore.”

                                                                                                                                                  --Georgia O’Keeffe

            To grow up woman is a completely complex experience but is shared by women of every culture. From glittery advertisements to pink packaging, mass media and advertising portray femininity from childhood to adulthood as singularly glamorous experience. However, in reality, the truth of the experience can be vastly different than this ‘girly’ packaging would suggest. Womanhood not only suggests a physical difference in puberty from youth to adulthood but also suggests a deeper emotional connection with the surrounding world and the ever-changing pressure to adapt and cope with standards. Common denominators in societal standards can be illustrated in evolutionary traits like fertility but also can resonate in attributes such as beauty and emotional and hormonal responses to problems. This series, Growing Up Woman, is set to parallel the raw realistic trials faced throughout womanhood with the one-dimensional perspective of this experience portrayed by the media.

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