Monica Is Gross & So Am I
The Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal mirrored and informed my experience of puberty and my sexual development. By the time I entered high school in the fall of 1999, life had changed dramatically for Bill and myself. After being forced to testify before a grand jury about his alleged perjury, Bill became the second president in history to be impeached. Although he was acquitted, the release of the detailed and, to a 13-year old, very edifying Starr report cast Bill and Monica as caricatures of their sex in the eyes of the American public.
I felt I could relate. During those months I got my first period, grew breasts, gained 15 pounds, and began to distrust my body because of its new role as an agent of sex. At 13, sex seemed to me a dangerous thing; it was something I didn't want to want. Together, the changes in my body, and the scandal made sex seem completely unavoidable. Though the cataclysmic events of my life occurred on a more intimate scale (or perhaps, a more appropriately intimate scale), I too was unable to cleave my burgeoning sexual identity from feelings of shame. A strong sense of shame seemed, if not a natural response, than at least an suitably American one... we like our sex with a bit of judgement in this country.
Miranda Maynard has an MFA from the University of Georgia. Her multidisciplinary work has been shown in Miami, Chicago, New York, and throughout the southeast. In 2012 she was an artist-in-residence at Artist Collaborative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE). She is the co- founder of the Asheville Darkroom, a public not-for-profit darkroom and photographic education space in Asheville, NC. She recently served as a faculty member at The Black Mountain School. She lives in Los Angeles.
You can see more of Miranda's work on her website.