These are my two favorite paintings from artist Felice House.
After moving from the Northeast to Austin, she fell if love with the concept of the "West" and thought about the roles women were relegated to, inspiring her to replace the cowboys in iconic (male-dominated) Western art with women.
Her work says so much about power dynamics and gender roles. Her paintings are 1.25 life-sized so the women are larger than the viewer, "when you see them in person, people are surprised by the scale. People aren't used to women towering over them."
Dear Betty and Carlin,
Thank you so much for your transformative work. I am so grateful. What does sexual leadership look like in partner sex when the woman learns so much from your work that she outgrows her role as an active participant and now wants to take a leadership role in sex with her husband?
After playing a supporting role for 25 yrs, I’m now making this transition. I don’t have a picture in my mind of what it might look like from beginning to end. I feel like I promoted myself to Chief Sexual Officer after having studied for 4 years. I just don’t have the experience of leading in sex. As a first step, I'm initiating sex with my husband. He’s lukewarm about that.