Genital Panic  

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Aktionshose:Genitalpanik (1969, Action Pants: Genital Panic) is a performance by Austrian artist Valie Export. It consisted of Valie Export entering a porn cinema in Munich on April 22 with her hair in disarray, wearing crotchless pants, and carrying a machine gun. Striding up and down the rows of theatregoers, she brandished the weapon and challenged them to look at a "real woman" in contrast to the images being shown on the screen.

The contrast with what is usually called "cinema" is obvious, and is crucial to the message. In Export's performance, the female body is not packaged and sold by male directors and producers, but is controlled and offered freely by the woman herself, in defiance of social rules and state precepts. Also, the ordinary state-approved cinema is an essentially voyeuristic experience, whereas in Export's performance, the "audience" not only has a very direct, tactile contact with another person, but does so in the full view of Export and bystanders.



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