This girl’s naked pictures are doing more to educate the American public than Fox News
Red, white and boobs
Amanda Henneberry, 26, spent the last year as an unpaid intern fact checking essays. Now she’s using that skill to bring attention to the current political climate, in the most eye-catching way yet: With nudes. (Made you look.)
Following the election of Trump, she told us she’s collecting people’s explicit photos as a way of flipping the narrative on its head — using the over-sexualization of the female body to her artistic advantage — and fact checking the American public for everything we’re worth.
She began the project in January surrounding the inauguration of Trump
“It’s truly a tragic setback in a nation that I’d been so proud of under the Obama administration,” she says. “I felt compelled to create this page as an accessible forum for intelligent protest.”
And she’s been keeping up with it ever since.
Where did you come up with the idea for this?
As a millennial, social media felt like the natural place to start. I also work multiple jobs and have little time to make it out to marches, so this has become my own way of demonstrating resistance.
I consider the project performance art, and am currently looking at ways social media can inspire and make art more interactive and accessible.
Why did you begin doing it?
Part of me was hoping to subvert the obnoxious “trolling” trend, by pushing out thoroughly investigated news with real, sourced information. The other part of me originally got into it due to a feeling of extreme disillusionment following the election.
I spent the full year prior to this working as an unpaid intern — where part of my job was to fact check essays — which ingrained a sense of integrity in me for information and how it’s dispensed to the public as “truth.”
The flimsy, flexible attitude of the current administration’s regard for truth is infuriating.
What do you hope people take away from it?
My hope is to help people who may stumble upon my page with a similar sense of disillusionment.
I’d also like for the people submitting photos to feel a sense of empowerment, rather than shame, for their “dirty” photos; it’s 2017 – we’ve all sent a dirty pic at some point.
I think it’s ridiculous that we’re still damning people for this sort of behavior in “leaked” & shared images, and I’m interested in spreading sex-positive vibes.
Have you had any backlash?
I’ve had a couple of people debate my posts, which is fine — truth is subjective. But again, I’m looking for well-investigated “truth” with integrity.
I’ve also had men send me a plethora of dick pics, some with attacks or offensive words. I’m collecting screen shots of all of those messages in a folder and am still deciding what to do with them.
How long will you continue?
I’m not 100 percent sure. I guess I’m planning to continue the project until I feel the end emerge naturally.
Can people submit their own nudes?
Where do you see yourself next?
I graduated from SUNY New Paltz, and am currently living in Beacon, NY and looking into grad school. I plan to go back to school for integrated arts and media in the near future.
We’re just waiting to find out what she decides to do with all of those dick pics.
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