About

My art is about gender role reversal, including the reversal of power. Like everyone, I noticed from an early age that society expects different behaviours from people based upon their sex, and I became fascinated by a scenario in which women, not men, are the dominant sex. Not the S&M world of whips, dungeons and dominas, but a simple swap of everyday gender roles. It is extremely (and surprisingly) difficult to find this depicted, so I decided to try and create this world in art.

I used to use the moniker ‘Eve’s Rib’, but found that some people called me ‘Eve’, and assumed that I identified as female. So now I am Jamie Vesta and yes, I’m male.

I work within a few different scenarios. My usual is a situation where women, as a result of the so-called ‘genderquake’, have become the breadwinners and seized economic and political power from men. In this near-future world, it is women who wear the trousers and go to work, while the men have to stay at home, wear dresses and do the housework. This scenario offers a rationale for the pictures. It takes certain trends in the real world – girls doing better in education, women moving into the workforce, etc – and extrapolates them into a female-run future. However, if you prefer to take the pictures as illustrations of a world that’s always been female-dominated, or as stand-alone satire, that’s fine too. I also paint scenarios set in an alternative past in which it’s the men and boys who wear the petticoats and bonnets, and I very occasionally base pictures in the real world.

The pictures will serve the fantasy of a particular community, but I hope they will also provoke the viewer to question gender norms. Gender is a social construct. It is a product of history, not of genes or divine will, and can therefore be changed or ignored. Gender conventions should not prevent people from expressing themselves as they please.

The forward strides taken by women over the last hundred years might convince some people that women are really becoming dominant. But though it’s fun to pretend, we must know the difference between fantasy and reality. According to the top indicators of power, women are still behind men: just look at the proportion of women to men in our parliaments and boardrooms, and they are sometimes paid a third less than men for doing the same job. This is why feminism – which argues that women and men are born equal, and should be treated equally by society – is still very important.

I hope you enjoy the pictures, and if you don’t, well no one’s keeping you here!

Jamie Vesta

12 comments:

  1. Nice work mate. Respects Norma-J.
    papi.locoselector@yahoo.com

    Any Jucy Forced Fem Links? Please.(Without being robbed).

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  2. je suis tout à fait d'accord avec vous, continuez

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  3. oui tu as raison quand tu dis la société attend des comportements différents de personnes en fonction de leur sexe, se serai si simple de pouvoir choisir, la maniére de s'habiller de vivre telle ou telle vie, mais la société est vraiment mal faite, c'est ainsi et malgré tout cela je ne crois pas que cela change, il ne s'agit pas de prendre la place des hommes,ou des femmes, mais que chacun puisse s'épanouir en rôle de femme ou rôle d'homme c'est comme on veut.Mais grâce à toi on rêve de ce nouveau monde

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  4. Your blog is fascinating! Although I do think the future is androgynous rather than female dominant. Cheers! :)

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    1. Thank you! As I note above, this blog is a fantasy and I don't really think women are taking over the world. For the real world, I favour a fair society of equals where people's identities are no longer artificially constrained by gender conventions.

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  5. I enjoy your work and your web site. I find myself slipping into daydreams about being the "feminine" characters (males in dresses and being the housewife for such dominate looking women. I find the members 'followers' sites a good way to find information and fantasy about being in a place where men are the "fairer gender". There is a video that does an does a interesting prediction for what we wish is the present, and a fantasy for the future (too me at least, and probably many others). Search for the video titled: A Mistress and Her sissy house wife

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    1. Hi Jamie enjoy your work especialy your victorian artworks and Photo's
      I am also an hobby artist my self drawings and paintings
      But i like to dress up for real in real photo's with real acurate clothing from 1870 till 1904

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/25650826@N04/

      You can take a look at my flickr Photo site maby you will get som inspiration

      Best regards Pedro

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  6. I'm currently presenting as a kind of role reversal. I don't wear full make up and wigs in my photos (on G+ and Flickr) because I want to let people know you can be a man and be empowered wearing female clothing....you only have to dress as a woman if you want to. You have a fascinating site Jamie and I am glad to have found it, cheers.

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    1. Good stuff, thanks for the appreciation.

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  7. Hello Jaime :)
    Have you ever considered a picture of a woman spanking her spouse ?
    I'd love to see your interpretation.

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  8. Your imagination is wonderful and your role-reversal world looks fascinating. I love your name, by the way, as in some languages "Vesta" means cardigan.
    What could be more perfect for a sissy husband than a soft pink puff-sleeve cardigan with a pussy-bow blouse and a pleated skirt?
    Sweet regards from Pansy Cardi

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  9. I have been a big fan of your deviantart page for some time now, but I just discovered that you also blog. O happy day! And I see you have several followers who share my mixed-up, muddled-up shook-up gender role worldview.

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