The cultural framework of Georgian society is determined by the Orthodox Church, headed by the Patriarch. The edicts issued by this 87-year-old celibate monk strive to keep the community morally virtuous by conforming to a traditional and patriarchal mode of being.
 

The Fear of the Nipple is a celebration of femininity and a direct assault on the misogynistic system that shamed me growing up as a queer adolescent in Tbilisi.
The moral policing that I experienced as a youth is now being translated into the digital platforms where we now live. We are forced to self censor our bodies to fit within social media guidelines.

©2020 Marika Kochiashvili.