Supervenus is a humorous, if not tragic, view into contemporary female beauty standards. Experimental filmmaker, Frederic Doazan and sound editor, Vandy Roc created this film. They begin with the surface anatomy of a woman in an anatomical text that looks to be from the 1800s. We then see the gloved hands of a surgeon meticulously cutting, plumping, and stretching the female figure from her standard healthy size down to ridiculous proportions. When you think there are no more modifications left to make, the surgeon does a little more, goes a little further, and gets a lot more ridiculous. Until everything starts to fall apart…

Supervenus Frederic Doazan

Supervenus Frederic Doazan

Supervenus Frederic Doazan

Supervenus Frederic Doazan

It’s an absurd analysis on the objectification of the female form. Yet, it’s not so far fetched when you consider that historically, anatomical illustrations of the female form went from this…

Valverde de Amusco Juam 1560

Valverde de Amusco, Juan ‘Anatomia del corpo humano’ 1560

…to this.

Anatomical Basis of Medical Practice Becker Wilson Gehweiler

A real medical textbook titled “The Anatomical Basis of Medical Practice” featured photographs of voluptuous models to depict female surface anatomy in the 1970s. Read more about this fascinating medical textbook in our article, “The OBJECTIFICATION of Female Surface Anatomy.”

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