Allowing students to take classes that relate to their experiences, and giving other students a different medium through which to understand experiences that differ from theirs, is just one example of why classes like “The Sunken Place” are not only popular, but in high demand.
As the competition’s name suggests, there were five winning entries all in all: “Crush,” “Heavy Weight,” “Jamie,” “Still Burning,” and “Where We Are Now.” Each film tackled a different LGBT+ experience, their plots ranging in complexity—from the anxious innocence of a first crush to the arduous journey of transitioning as a parent. Each story invites audiences to empathize with the LGBT+ community, not just by appreciating the different challenges LGBT+ people face from their own challenges but more importantly the similar values which guide their choices.
Their success despite their dehumanization by diversity quotas, sexist bosses, and Asian-American stereotypes, have made them all the more secure in their self-worth and equally affirmative of others’ worth. They all got as far as they did understanding that no one is inherently better than anyone else—and not letting others get away with telling them that.
In our culture, we have designated museums as the space for the highest-quality art in the world. As a result, museums define our understanding of what kinds of art, artists, and, consequently, lives, are considered worthy of our attention and praise.
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.
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.
Hearing stories of and by people of color is powerful. Breathtaking. A necessity. To start seeing these people—these wonderful, imperfect, beautiful people, as more than just symbols of inaccurate, problematic representation. In The Margins tries to do that every Tuesday.
If you haven’t seen this film, you need to “Get Out” and watch it.
“I think feminism gives me something to hold onto. To say it’s okay to be different…I’m bringing a different perspective that other people don’t have.”
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.