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 Millions of amateur political cartoonists and unpublished poets defied the new presidential administration with clever quips and images of varying complexity.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.
“I am suffocating from the
heavy mass production dictionary
full of criticisms you pile on me.
Shoving them down my throat,
forcing me to swallow, digesting
your twisted edition of the truth.”
UCLA boys. Your language is consequential. Your words create realities: sexual assault and suicide rates on college campuses are higher than ever before. For this reason, I ask you this: please stop the dining hall talk.