reclaiming the objecthood of the tit

I thought Rubber Tit was a delightful display of deliberate ludicrocity. Although I’m not completely sure if this was the performers’ message, a show revolving around a blatant, homosexual, over-the-top fascination with one giant tit definitely is a cornerstone in the triumphant feminist reclamation of the female body. By portraying the protagonist’s seemingly childish obsession with playing with a giant, artificial boob (that is detached from a person and therefore devoid of humanity), the silliness of objectifying this part of the female body is effectively communicated. In addition to revealing this socially accepted absurdity, the performance also sheds light on the enormous power and political potency of “the tit”. Unsurprisingly, someone in the audience asked if it was intentional to depict the rubber tit as a maternal entity. I thought this assumption was hilarious; if it were an adult male doing the same performance, this audience member would probably perceive the interaction as mainly sexual instead, however tender or loving the protagonist’s demeanor is. I think this shows the common conception of the functions of “the tit”: a nurturing tool for children, a plaything for adult males; if a woman had anything to do with another woman’s tit, then it must be a gross regression to a childhood lack of maternal love. So of course Rubber Tit had nothing to do with maternity! The purpose is to shatter the conventional objectification of the female body!

-Tina S

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