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Marcel Petit challenges gender norms with photo project

Saskatoon photographer Marcel Petit’s Warren / Don photo project is just as resonant today as it was when it was first released, two years ago. The photos depict a couple, Warren Ibister and Don Bear, wearing women’s traditional regalia.

Petit’s photos challenge assumptions about gender and how many of us expect everyone to act based on the gender we present to society. It’s an attempt to decolonize homophobia and attitudes that limit everyone.

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“I like to shake things up, shake up what gender means and shake up the rules about what it means to be male and/or female,” Petit told Indian Country Today. “These are rules that were made up by old white men.”

Check out all of the photos on flickr here.

What other artists are challenging assumptions about gender? Let us know in the comments below!

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