Disfigured focuses on the issue of how women are still widely regarded and represented as passive objects for pleasure, available for use or disposal. The work suggests how the female still lacks ownership of and rights to their very own bodies. There is still a very clear consensus about what is considered normal and desirable for women. The fragmental and unnatural display of the female body promotes the objectification of women’s bodies.
Austin questions broader concepts of the self, gender, body image and identity. The image is both object and subject, present and not present.