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
In 1969, the artist Allen Jones presented the public with what he referred to as a “[representation of] the experience of woman:” a chair, composed of leather, glass, and resin meant to depict a prostrate woman bound to its seat. The sadomasochistic chair was for Jones a realization of a more inclusive art form, appealing to universal erotic urges over the class barriers imposed by the fine arts. The tragic thing is that the artist grossly fails ... Read More
Etymologically, Kama Sutra emerges from the Sanskrit words for love and ritual or the more literal thread. The idea serves as inspiration for the Cuban artist Erik Ravelo, a resident at Fabrica, the artists’ grant institution associated with United Colors of Benneton. In his series, Lana Sutra, meaning both wool ritual or wool thread, Ravelo constructs erotic threaded sculptures made from plaster casts and yarn.
The works are ... Read More
We know that various media outlets like magazines and advertisements rely on providing unrealistic representations of the female face and form, leading to the objectification of women and an unhealthy global obsession with conventional good looks. In recent months, Photoshop gifs illustrating the extent to which models’ bodies are digitally altered have gone viral.
In the wake of the unsettling Lena Dunham/Jezebel controversy— in ... Read More
“There is no reason to retouch beauty. We think THE REAL YOU IS SEXY.”
So reads the closing line of aerie’s recent letter to young woman, accompanying a campaign advertising its Spring 2014 collection. The lingerie company, affiliated with American Eagle, is giving their target demographic of girls (aged 15-21) an ad campaign free of retouching. Can I get a hallelujah?! Titled #aerieReal, the campaign attempts to deal with the beauty ... Read More