I recently read an article that said, “The EuropeanJournal of Social Psychology says that all our brains, regardless of our gender, view men as ‘people’ but see women cumulatively as their body parts.” Well, duh.
The study had volunteers look at photos of both men and women and then had the subjects look at isolated images of their body parts. The result was women’s isolated body parts were easier for the participants to remember. So, we could look at this and say “women are always objectified,” and I was prepared to write that argument but then I remembered (again) DUH! Of course we are! I’m going to take a different road on this, ready?
Women are prettier than men and that is why our body parts are easier to remember. Think about it—breasts are better than no breasts. Rather, feminine breasts are better than masculine breasts. Give me a picture of boobs or a man’s chest and I’m staring at boobs. Even our butts are better—they’re generally perky and almost always round, and male butts are square with sometimes-harsh angles. Women are round and soft and we have curves and stick out in all the right places, while men are straight, and angular and hairy. I don’t want to remember that! Do you?
I don’t think this is a bad thing, and I don’t necessarily think that we should look at this in an “objectified way.” No, I think we should look at this as art. We are art. Paintings, sculptures, muses; some are males but most are female. We’re just better to look at and that’s not a bad thing. Can we just agree on that?
I recently read an article in which a feminist writer was asked if everything she writes needs to be feminist, or have a feminist slant. Her response was that since she is a feminist, it tends to bleed through all of her writing and that, naturally, it would more than likely show up in all of her works.
Personally, I’m a bit offended by that response. As a writer and an admirer of many different writing styles, I feel that really pigeonholes women and feminists and writers. And women who are feminists and writers. A writer who is an expert on a particular topic should be expected to spend most of their time writing about that topic, but to say that’s the only thing they could (and should) write is a bit upsetting. Why would you want your authors to be so predictable?
Ahem. For example. Stephen King is an amazing horror writer whose books consistently reach the bestseller list, but that’s not all he can write. He’s written amazing short stories – The Shawshank Redemption, believe it or not, was penned by King, the famed “horror writer.” Not only that, but i’s transcended genre, as it’s frequently studied by bible groups as a way to understand forgiveness and the path of Jesus Christ. King also wrote Stand By Me, a coming of age story of four young boys. [Ed. Note: King also wrote a novel by the name of Rose Madder, which chronicles the growth and travels of a former abused woman who moves on with her life, begins the unimaginable on her own in starting over, and ultimately puts her ex-husband ... well, go read the book. It's fabulous.]
So to say that feminist writers can only write about that, or that Stephen King can only write horror, is rather short-sighted in my humble opinion. Yes, darkness creeps into a lot of what King writes, and feminist writers probably have a very strong and self-sufficient heroine in each of their stories, but there is no need to pigeonhole. To write is to create an escape or to educate a reader. Writing is an art form and we dip into ink of many different colors.
Damn, how did I not know about this before? A collection of 38 postcards, celebrating modern feminism and created by both artists and those famed in different fields including music and science, were auctioned at the Aubin gallery in London earlier this year, to raise funds for Feminism in London, a grass-roots networking and campaigning organisation based in the capital.
Who’d have thought that Montana was a place for a crowbar attack in the name of religious outrage? Um … definitely not me. And yet, it happened.
56-year-old Kathleen Folden of Kalispell faces criminal mischief charges for apparently trying to beat the shit out of a piece of artwork that may or may not show Jesus Christ getting head from another guy while the word “orgasm” floats next to his head. The 12-panel lithograph “The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals” suffered slight tearing as the result of Folden’s, uh, religious crusade.
[“The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals”] has triggered protests and even calls to police by critics asking for an investigation into whether it violates a Colorado law that protects children from obscenity, the Loveland Reporter Herald reported. The city attorney determined it did not.
Witnesses told the Reporter-Herald that Folden entered the Loveland Museum Gallery, used a crowbar to break glass over the art and ripped the print.
Mark Michaels, an area art dealer, told Denver’s KUSA-TV that he …