Jennifer Toole is a photographer and director from Toronto, Canada. Her work is implicitly feminist in nature, often nude, and always in exploration of what it means to be a woman in the world today. The images shown here were created with the theme of Venus vs. Mars in mind. In Jennifer's eyes there are two sides to this theme. The first image shows a woman alone, objectified in her nudity, and anonymous in her soft focus. The image exemplifies the effects generations of women conforming to the ideal of the male gaze have had on the collective female sense of self. We are in an epidemic of insecurity afflicting the modern woman and the epidemic has left her a sexualized body, without a face, without a voice. But times are changing! And feminism is not about overthrowing the patriarchy and implementing matriarchal rule. It is about equality. It is about men and women respecting one another and existing on an equal playing field. Feminism means equality. Thus the second image displays a man and woman in a loving embrace, equal in size, supporting one another, but still a little out of focus as this equality is still a bit of an abstract idea that will soon come to light. We do still have much work to do.
Please take a look at more of Jennifer's work on her website at www.jennifertoole.com.