All in all, the words spoken in this space reflected a discussion on body image that can be rare to find. It reflected thoughts from an intersectional perspective, and addressed the intrinsic humanness of struggling with self-love, regardless of sexuality, ability, race, or gender.
When I read Tabitha Prado-Richardson’s Coalition Zine essay on decentering men from one’s own narrative, Vanessa Daou’s seminal 1994 album “Zipless” immediately sprung to mind. An LP-long interpretation of Erica Jong’s poetry, “Zipless” decenters men from Daou’s pleasure through an unabashed embrace of feminine sexuality and womanhood.
What FEM’s Arts and Creative staff is looking forward to in the next two weeks:
Meme creators on Instagram, each with follower counts in the tens of thousands, have taken advantage of social media to create conversations about important issues such as politics, social justice, feminism, and mental health.
Conversations about representation in media have been critical in America’s changing political and cultural landscape, particularly with the rampant cultural appropriation, white-washing, and transphobia in Hollywood. Recently, Nolwen Cifuentes, Silas Howard, and Tani Ikeda addressed identity and media in an intersectional feminist panel hosted by Allies in Arts to reflect on rising activism under the new US president.
Love is Intersectional and Multi-Dimensional: A retort to the stereotypical notion of ‘Valentine’s Day’
As a feminist newsmagazine, our concerns lie in the overbearing consumerism, pervasive heteronormativity, and policing of gender roles encouraged by the conventional idea of Valentine’s Day. Each of these problems — sexism, classism, and erasure of the LGBTQ community — permeate politics and society each day.
Mickalene Thomas’s exhibit “Do I Look a Lady?” investigates the notion of black female subjectivity through the lens of popular media. Within the popular American imagination, black women are often portrayed as fitting within a set of types—hyper-fiery, hyper-sexual, or hyper-matronly. These archetypes are largely a product of the art produced within our hegemonic culture.
The American Girl company’s strides in diversity, inclusiveness, and education aim to inspire young girls, especially artists, to take control of their lives and stand up for causes they believe in through artistic self-expression.
Peggy Orenstein’s “Girls & Sex” is as candid as its title, providing a much needed (albeit narrow) analysis of the modern girl’s relationship with sex and sexuality.
The Women’s March in LA last weekend offered an opportunity to appreciate the timeless union of art and politics. Millions of amateur political cartoonists and unpublished poets defied the new presidential administration with clever quips and images of varying complexity. Here are some of our favorites.