Post-Fordist Hymen Factory intervenes in constructions of contemporary virginity across legal, medical, cultural, and cosmetic registers through a critical re-making and re-distribution of an artificial membrane commonly sold as the "Virginity Hymen."
The artificial hymen is a prosthetic artifact which circulates in markets catering to persistent notions of virginity. Extending a research trajectory which maps the appearance of this synthetic bodily commodity from its origin of manufacture (often China) to its points of distribution (Europe) and finally to its intended consumers (largely women in the Middle East), "Hymen Factory" is a design intervention to engage both architectural and consumer publics. This project provides for a period of prototyping new hymen objects, along with its delivery assets (packaging, instructions, and accessories) and environments of sale. A hymen with alternative forms and functions disrupts and recirculates notions of virginity in the spaces where it is commodified, heightening the performative nature of "virginity for sale." Additionally, the repositioning of international virginity markets and fetish/cosmetic prostheses as consequential objects of design opens spatial practitioners to other scales of inquiry, both intimate and global.