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It's ok to look | Kristen Vermilyea | TEDxZurich

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Published on Nov 19, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. "Kristen Vermilyea wants you to look at her breasts. She’s giving you permission. Go ahead.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about why we separate people – especially women – into parts and what happens when we do. Hint: it’s not good.

Kristen’s talk combines humor, personal observations and research to shed light on such topics as objectification, identity and the very real dangers of reducing a body to fragments."

Kristen Vermilyea is an American filmmaker, writer, performance artist, installation artist, actor, storyteller, listener and provocateur currently living in Zurich, Switzerland. She writes essays and plays, makes films and creates art around the topics of feminism, body image, aging, identity, objectification and transgressing ‘normal’. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont in 2013. She is currently making a documentary film about breasts, our obsession with them as a society and what happens when a woman decides to get a breast reduction.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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