We Heart: “Nerdy Misanthrope” Using His Art to Aid Cheerleader

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If you’ve been following the case of Texas cheerleader Hillaire S., who was assaulted at a party by star athlete Rakheem Bolton and then kicked off the cheerleading squad for refusing to chant, “two, four, six, eight, ten, come on Rakheem, put it in” (see the Ms. Blog coverage of the case here, here, here, and […]

!Women Art Revolution!

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Marcia Tucker, founder of the New Museum in New York City, recalled her interview for her previous curatorial job at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1969 thusly: I said ‘Let me tell you why you don’t want to hire a woman. First, no man will ever be able to work for me. Second, we […]

Artist Challenges How Women Are Shamed About Eating

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Growing up in America, we learn that sweets and junk food are “guilty pleasures.” Women, especially, are supposed to refrain from such indulgences. And, if they cannot—if they, for example, desire more than that modest slice of cake served to each birthday guest—then they should feel not only guilt, but shame. For overindulging is grotesque […]

The “Art” of Exploiting Cambodian Sex Workers

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Warning: Please be aware that clicking on many of the links in this post will lead to websites containing images that are NSFW and may be offensive and/or triggering. I consider myself fairly liberal when it comes to some of the most controversial 21st-century debates about sex. I’m not anti-pornography or sex work, as long […]

Judith Bernstein Makes a Name for Herself

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Feminist artist Judith Bernstein was hours from completing her signature piece–literally a massive rendition of her own name charcoaled on the walls of Manhattan’s Alex Zachary Gallery–when the nine-foot-tall “B” nearly caused her downfall. “I was going over the railing to work on the letters “B” and “E” when I slipped, fell backwards and broke […]

To Drown, or Not To Drown, Barbie

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Yesterday we introduced a project called “Drown the Dolls,” an art exhibition by Daena Title opening in Culver City, Calif., this weekend. Title’s work presents photographs and paintings of Barbie, that constrictive feminine icon, drowning in a backyard pool. Title’s aim with this project was to free herself, through the symbolic act of drowning Barbie, […]

This Week, Drown Barbie

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Daena Title recently drowned Barbie in her backyard pool. Along with the doll, Title was drowning the pressure to be Barbie, an “ideal woman” so unrealistic that, due to her total lack of body fat, couldn’t menstruate if she was a living person. Now Title is showcasing the drownings in a series of photographs and […]

Hyein Lee: How One Feminist Devours Artistic Mediums

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Looking at canvases belonging to Hyein Lee, you might just find iterations of the word fuck, products of pent-up frustration morphed into art. If you look hard enough, you might also find that other F-word, if not as literally. But who is Hyein Lee? Besides being an award-winning illustrator from the land where the deer and […]

Judy Chicago on Frida Kahlo, Feminism and Women’s Art

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Feminist artist Judy Chicago, known best for her iconic work, The Dinner Party, recently released the book Frida Kahlo: Face to Face, coauthored with art historian Frances Borzello, in which the two converse over a selection of the esteemed Mexican artist’s work. The well-illustrated volume explores Frida Kahlo as a woman and an artist, as […]

Global Economics as Feminist Art

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Economics tends to make a lot of people I know feel stupid. My circle is largely comprised of activists, artists and writers, with a few political scientists in the mix. Generally speaking, gender stereotypes about women in mathematics aside, we’re not supposed to be very good with numbers. But because a lot of us care […]