Vulnerability – is it a condition we find ourselves in? A state of being we choose? Let’s keep it very simple: it depends on the approach we take to defining it. In the former approach, we are ‘done to’, while in the latter we are consciously ‘doing’.
To chase down our own vulnerabilities around sexuality is a short run around the corner, five minutes ago, last night sleeping alone, with a lover, a partner who lost interest, the Insta post that leaves you feeling you’re not good enough for the hug, the kiss, the cuddle and are you perhaps the A of LGBTQIA+?
It took me some time to realise how important being vulnerable or, for that matter, being vulnerable during sexual engagement was for me to have great sex and how empowering it is for my sexuality. After much thought, I decided to open up to my partner about my past experiences and other things I never used to openly talk about.
Through multiple maquettes, I finally came across (since I myself did not know what the result of the form or figure would be) the Reclining Lady. She represents confident femininity and vulnerability. The feeling one has after taking a bath and sitting in the nude, drying oneself in unabashed nakedness.
इस घटना नें मुझे हिलाकर रख दिया था। मुझे महसूस हुआ कि हमारे समाज में जहां सामान्य से हटकर किसी भी तरह के व्यवहार को मान्य नहीं समझा जाता, वहाँ लोगों को सिर्फ अपने जेंडर और यौनिकता की अभिव्यक्ति करने की भी कितने बड़ी कीमत चुकानी पड़ती है। समाज के इस असहनशीलता से मेरे मन में डर का जो भाव पैदा हुआ, वह मेरे लिए कोई नया नहीं था।