We teach girls shame: Close your legs; cover yourself. We make them feel as though by being born female, they’re already guilty of something. As so, girls grow up to be women who cannot say they have desire. They grow up to be women who have to silence themselves. They grow up to be women who cannot say what they truly think….And they grow up to be women who have turned pretense into an art form.
How the Media Failed Women in 2013
Definitely worth the 3 minutes of your time it’ll take to watch this.
sexism is teaching our daughters to wear longer skirts
rather than demanding our sons don’t violate them
sexism is the idea that being beautiful is the most significant human accomplishment
sexism is the idea of a tease
that a woman owes sex to a man because he made an attempt to win her attentions and was well recieved
sexism is the assumption that to be a feminist, you have to hate men
sexism is telling girls that they’re only good for sex
then shaming them for having it
sexism is objectification
sexism is as sexism does
and we are sexism
Untitled #4, 2011 Servane Mary
Marlene Dumas- Measuring your own grave
video from youtube.
Jule-die Vrou is a disembodied portrait painting framed in extreme close-up; only the model’s eyes and lips are fully rendered attributes of seduction and sexuality. The rest of the painting is obliterated by a corpulent fleshy pink, suggestive of femininity, sin, violence and womanhood. The contrast between representation, and abstraction suggests a psychological disparity, where morality, representation, and social convention are questioned.
‘I don’t have any conception of how big an average head is, I’ve never been interested in anatomy. In that respect I relate like children do. What is experienced as most important is seen as the biggest, irrespective of actual or factual size. In the movies everything is larger than life and yet you experience that as real(istic); all my faces are much bigger than human scale. From blowing up to zooming in, for me the “close-up” was a way of getting rid of irrelevant background information and by making the facial elements so big, it increased the sense of abstraction concerning the picture frame. The elimination of the background also did away with the place of being and environmental context.’
‘As the isolation of a recognisable figure increases and the narrative character decreases (contrary to what one might initially assume that this lack of illustrative information would bring about), the interpretative effects are inflamed. The titles re-direct the work, however, they do not eradicate the inherent ambiguity. One cannot interpret the painting of Jule-die Vrou without entangling some of the root metaphors applied not only to the female, but to the idea of portrayal in general’. Marlene Dumas, 1992.
vía [The Saatchi Gallery]
Marlene Dumas (1953), self-portrait “Evil is Banal”, 1984, oil on canvas, 49 3/16” x 41 5/16.
Currently researching this artist for my 4 week project at uni. Never heard of her until today and so glad I have now! Pretty awesome how she produces her paintings.