For anyone out there who thinks feminism is no longer a necessary cause— I’m talking to you, person who called it a “vanity project”— let’s look at some of the unfortunate consequences of gender-based discrimination, made available by an enlightening Tumblr account titled 100 Percent Men. Dedicated to raising awareness and calling out institutional “boys clubs,” 100 Percent Men features photo submissions of ... Read More
Mailet Lopez, Breast Cancer Survivor
The photographer and scuba diver Erena Shimoda was inspired to her series create Underwater Healer— About Face through her work with the website I Had Cancer. Learning the stories of cancer survivors, she recalled her own experience with water as empowering and therapeutic, and staged underwater portrait sessions with the survivors she met.
Lori Stone, Endocervical Adenocarcinoma Survivor
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“Beauty is only interesting when it is not perfect,” writes the painter Megan Van Groll in her artist’s statement. Gifted with tremendous drawing ability, Van Groll grew out of the expectation that she draw “pretty” pictures, especially of women. In her works, the artist explores the tensions between the performative aspects of gender construction and the complexities of our internal lives. Although she admits that her ... Read More
Oh dear, seems like there are still people in positions of the highest power and authority who believe women need to follow a doctrine of “obedience.” In his new memoir, Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican from New Mexico, explained that he firmly stands by the unpopular belief that womankind’s duty is to “voluntarily submit” to her husband, who in turn “is to lovingly lead and sacrifice.”
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In Barbie Birth, the maternity photographer Katie Moore invites us into a private moment in the life of the iconic doll: the birth of her child. Following the plastic princess from the moment she goes into labor to her first breastfeeding session, the photographs read like an eerily polished family photo album. Ken and Nurse Barbie aid the birthing doll as she goes through her home birthing process; all three never break their ... Read More
The Seven Year Itch
Some amazing and as yet unnamed photographer has invited the vivacious residents of a nursing home to recreate the most touching instants captured in classic films. Using digital images, the artist’s lens allows the resident to explore fantastical worlds, from Mary Poppins’s UK to NYC circa Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The crude composite work done on the images only adds to their charm, placing the playful and witty subjects ... Read More
The photographer Lijun Liao is dating a man five years her junior, creating a personal dynamic she once thought impossible. Speaking of her girlhood in China, the artist explains, “I used to think I could only love someone who is older and more mature than me, who can be my protector and mentor.” She still faces opposition for the age discrepancy, and her male friends often compare her role in the heterosexual relationship to that of a man. Fed ... Read More
“Boys are Presidents. Girls are First Ladies,” explains I’m Glad I’m a Boy! I’m Glad I’m a Girl!, a children’s book published amidst the cultural revolution that was second wave feminism. The book, written and illustrated by Whitney Darrow, Jr., appears of course to preach archaic rules of male and female occupation and behavior: in the home, the man creates and the woman nurtures, and at work, the woman serves ... Read More
From the prolific Carrie Mae Weems, an artist whose work continues to courageously touch on the oppression, objectification, and isolation of African American women, comes “The Museum Series,” a brilliant and confrontational collection of photographs representing art history and museum culture’s exclusion of minority female voices. Most textbooks and museums alike catalogue mainly the cultural and creative histories of white men, ... Read More
“Have you ever seen anything like it?” reads the copy for this 1981 LEGO advertisement. And no, we haven’t; unlike modern marketing campaigns wherein gender lines and norms are all but drawn in the sand, the ad features a young girl simply enjoying her toys.
The image betrays no sign of the contemporary assumption that girls need special products differentiated from boys’ toys through color, shape, or content. As The ... Read More