Over three days, the participants discussed and debated intersections of gender, sexuality, and the internet – not only as a tool – but as a new public space.In thinking through these issues, the participants at the meeting developed a set of 15 feminist principles of the internet.
As anatomical knowledge proliferated and the need for illustration became more important, the texts began to include depictions of female torsos that were opened to reveal the reproductive system.
The treatise written by Francis Mauriceau, a noted French obstetrician, was unusual for its inclusion of an illustration showing the female genitals (still labeled as "the parts of shame"); however, Hugh Chamberlen omitted this image from his 1673 English translation because, “here and there a passage might offend a chaste English Eye." Edmund Chapman’s 1733 treatise includes no illustrations whatsoever.
His reason for this is that anatomical figures of the female body, “serve to raise and encourage impure thoughts in the Reader’s mind, rather than to convey any real Instruction," and were therefore unncessary.
I felt alienated, so I kinda felt like an object, something to be looked at and it just became uncomfortable being in the public eye,” she says."I am someone who loves Joburg. Joburg is home and I’ve always hung out in Soweto and downtown and uptown Joburg.
I really felt uncomfortable with the inability to just be, so I stopped doing press, I stopped going to functions, stopped doing interviews, just so people could forget about the famous version of me and take me as I am."Asking to be forgotten when you are widely considered one of your country’s greatest contemporary artists is a tall ask, especially when your last work was so well received, as is the case with all Thandiswa’s solo releases. "In fact, they did...” she says, nodding, then she pauses and says excitedly: “No, no, actually.