A Hidden Thing
In the Chinese judicial system, with certain instances of rape, the law fails to recognize the sexual violence endured by women due to the fact that some women experience it in a way that renders them rigid and incapable of screaming for help. Consequently, many judges have deemed such rapes as consensual. This was notably the case with the 'comfort women' , whom the Japanese army claimed did it to earn money in consensual sex.
I attempted to redesign the female reproductive organs by fusing the female pelvis/ uterus with the sexual organs of the black widow spider. This would enable the female reproductive organs to autonomously decide whether or not to engage in sexual activity. Indicating their autonomy in sexual decision-making. Hence, by merging the genitalia of a female black widow spider with that of a human female, I created a novel organ with self-governance. In the event of rape, for instance, the new genitalia can release toxins to safeguard themselves from harm, with the amount of toxin being proportional to the level of attack suffered by the woman.
Through speculative design, the visual representation of the sexual organs encourages viewers to reconsider the way women are denied a voice in situations of sexual violence. The design of this new organ expands not only on the female reproductive functions but also reflects the societal need for development in women’s rights. Failure to address these issues will lead to future problems in the moral, economic, and political aspects of society.
Eventually, the process of merging women with spiders is documented in a novel that portrays the experiences of sexual violence survivors in a manner that is more palatable for readers. Simultaneously, I aspire that this novel will empower women.