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Its what your right arm's for

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    1975 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    BB (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printing on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.657-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR26

This poster relies on an abundance of disturbing images to alert the viewer that society often promotes a threatening and unsafe climate for women. On the left, a woman is accosted by a man's unwanted advances. In the centre, an array of words reference pornography and the sex industry which reduces females to submissive sexual stereotypes. In the foreground, the most poignant image is that of an abused partner and mother. She has a black eye and is bandaged but perseveres with two young children. The poster seeks to promote speaking out and positive change against male chauvinism, harassment and domestic violence.

Physical description

Three images on sheet. On the left, a woman looks up at a man exposing his hairy chest. In the middle, images and signage from sex shows featuring a naked woman with flowing hair. In front of the nude is a battered woman carrying bags, a baby and a screaming child. On the right, two men in rugby shirts stand drinking beer. Green and red printing on white paper.

Place of Origin

UK (made)

Date

1975 (made)

Artist/maker

BB (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Printing on paper

Marks and inscriptions

DRIVES WOMEN WILD
text accompanying image of hairy chest

"TAKE ME/ I'M YOURS"/ PLUS/ "SUBMISSIVE GIRLS X"/ "THRILLS/ BONDAGE! SEX!"

ITS WHAT YOUR RIGHT ARMS FOR

Dimensions

Height: 53.3 cm, Width: 78.8 cm

Descriptive line

Poster, signed BB, protesting against abuse of women in male chauvinist society. UK, ca. 1975.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Violence; Feminism; Gender issues; Politics

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Feminism; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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