The Los Angeles based band Bleached aims to put an end to to the incessant ‘girl band’ rhetoric that defers attention away from the artistic goals of women artists on their new EP, “Can You Deal?”
On March 3rd, people of all gender identities were warmly welcomed into the UCLA Arts Library to deconstruct this gender bias and contribute to the fair representation of women at the Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. This event was held by voidLab, a feminist collective that meets weekly at UCLA to discuss intersectional feminism and organize events and exhibitions. This event focused on writing articles about female artists to help increase their representation within Wikipedia.
What FEM’s Arts and Creative staff is looking forward to in the next two weeks:
Fashion magazines play a heavy role in influencing American standards of beauty, so yellowfaced, whitewashed photo shoots like Kloss’ are particularly damaging. In order to uphold fashion’s legacy as an artistic form of empowerment, Vogue and magazines like it need accurately portray diverse models with whom all American women can identify.
Inside an unassuming church in Koreatown, ANSWER Coalition’s LA chapter held its monthly open-mic event, Feedback Sundays. ANSWER, which stands for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, has organized and engaged in numerous demonstrations for social and economic issues ranging from domestic police brutality to US military belligerence abroad. Feedback Sunday aims to provide a communal space for artists of all backgrounds to share their original poetry and music in a new series of open-mic events. This month’s theme paid homage to Black History Month on the 5th anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death.
My mother tells me to smile with reserve (laugh lines),
to drink my coffee through a straw (stained teeth),
never smoke, only drink in moderation (premature wrinkles, dull skin)
so one day I can die lovely and youthful
having never really lived.
On February 15th and 22nd, Intergroup Relations showcased their program “Open Up”, which aims to lend an ear to the too often hushed conversation regarding microaggressions.
Poetry From Another Land: 7 Poems Written by Women From the Countries Affected By Trump’s Travel Ban
Poetry as a medium allows the poet to transform their realities into something universal; something raw and unfiltered that is accessible to all of us. Listed below are seven poems written by women from each of the countries affected by Trump’s ban. Each poem lays bare the bodies and souls of the women behind them, offering a glimpse into a feeling or experience most of us will never have. These haunting poems provide us with what we need during this dark moment in America—the opportunity to empathize.
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.