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I’m a big fan of Cafepress, a website where you can buy knick knacks and memorabilia with slogans, images, and sayings, many of which are quite original. However, I like funny things, and the problem with Cafepress is that its humor section is more often than not full of jokes at the expense of one oppressed group or another. That’s why I’m super thrilled to have recently been introduced to Redbubble, which has amazing, high-quality merchandise ... Read More
Last spring I got the opportunity to tour California with a singing group that I am a member of, and afterwards I spent a few days in San Diego, just sightseeing and wandering around.  One evening on my way back to the hostel where I was staying, I stumbled across San Diego’s Museum of Contemporary Art. It was closed for the day, but I saw a sign through the window that placed the admission price for "museum-goers 25 and under" at the low price of free. ... Read More
  The series ‘Agender’ was created by photographer Chloe Aftel and captures young adults who refer to themselves using the term “they” as opposed to the gender normative pronouns “he” or “she”. Aftel started the project after she was commissioned by San Francisco Magazine to shoot portraits of a Maybeck High School Senior named Sasha Fleischman. Fleischman suffered a heinous arson attack when they were sleeping ... Read More
Spoken word is an incredible art, combining poetic verse and performance in a gutsy display of intelligence and emotion. It takes a true artist to stand behind a microphone and move an entire room with imaginative word choice and a punch-you-in-the-gut-powerful delivery.  From the article "Spoken Word Poetry: Hold Onto that History" from the Black Youth Project website:  "Visceral, in your face, in your ears, in your snapping fingers, and tapping feet, ... Read More
Poetry and feminism go hand in hand, as illustrated by the feminist poet warriors of the past and present, including Adrienne Rich, Ann Sexton, Maya Angelou and Margaret Atwood to name a few. In her famous essay "Poetry is Not a Luxury," Audre Lorde expertly expresses the linkage of feminism and poetic verse: "For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and ... Read More
March is International Women's History Month, and Oakland art gallery Betti  Ono is kicking off the season with the West Coast premiere of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh's acclaimed street art project Stop Telling Women To Smile. The project, which we've mentioned on our blog in the past, started in Brooklyn, NY, and features posters of women positioned above captions concerning gendered violence.  Fazlalizadeh will be Artist in Residence at Betti ... Read More
Meena Chaudhary - elephant rider Beginning in 2011, photojournalist Arantxa Cedillo spent several years in Nepal. During her time in the Southeast Asian country, Cedillo heard countless stories about the discrimination women in the country faced. This sparked a project entitled “Broken Rules”, which focuses on the women of Nepal who overcame the oppression and inherent sexism of the country. Set against the beautifully hand-painted backdrops of ... Read More
  Envision this: a giant, solid-gold clitoris suspended on a spring, rodeo style. Women and men ride it, dance around it, and are generally just happy to be in its awe-inspiring presence. No, this isn't that awesome dream you had last Tuesday, it's just one of the many features of artist Sophia Wallace’s latest project: Cliteracy. A little more than ten years ago, the human race had only a vague notion of the scientific workings of the clitoris (shout ... Read More
  “I feel I inhabit (and perhaps even embody) a crossroads,” says Moroccan artist Lalla Essayadi. She is one of twelve female photographers from the Middle East whose work is set to be showcased in the exhibition “She Who Tells a Story” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Art. The crossroads that Essayadi speaks of is a focal point of the showcase, which comes at a time when the face of the Middle East is ever-changing and the strands of ... Read More
Exile always seems like this forbidden place, a place for dangerous criminals convicted of human rights abominations, but this isn't the reality of the world we live in. In many cases, artists have been forced into exile just for making art. In many conservative governments, making art is seen as a crime against the regime when art provokes thought and critique, and God forbid a country's citizens have a different view from the country's ruling party. Many female ... Read More
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