In my childhood, I was exposed to a startling combination of sexual exploitation and purity culture brainwashing. Despite six years of therapy and four years of full-time abuse healing, I was oblivious to the effects of toxic purity culture (especially paired with childhood sexual abuse), until I started having purity culture nightmares.
After going a bunch of research and self-work, I still needed something more to process my feelings and free myself from the toxic effects of purity culture and rape culture, which are deeply intertwined.
I created this painting to liberate myself - and to help free other women.
The rebirth of our sexual freedom is depicted as a phoenix egg about to hatch, within a crucible. The painting depicts an alchemical transformation, chain-breaking magic.