So I went to the art museum in October and I mainly focused on German Art and in particular German Expressionism. It was really interesting to see how the different artists portrayed the human body and in particular the female form. German Expressionism focuses on emotions and reactions to the second world war. The point of this style of painting is not to portray the body or the scene as it truly looks but to portray the feelings around it. I thought it was really interesting how the female body could be portrayed in this style. Sorry for the quality of the photo my phone camera does not work very well! Overall I really enjoyed my trip!
I know this is not related to anything but I found this and I thought it was really interesting and worth looking at since racism and racial profiling are still really prominent problems
This is great kinda long but totally worth it
This is a video I came across last week that I found pretty offensive. Jimmy Kimmel put out the video with this description: Thor: The Dark World opens tomorrow. Superhero movies are known to do very well at the box office, but they’re primarily seen by men. So in an attempt to bring more women out to the theater this weekend, Marvel is changing their marketing strategy.
This is the video of Joss Whedon that I showed in class this week. This is where he talks about how reporters always ask him why he writes such strong women characters.
I came across this post on tickld.com and it reminded me of the video that Jayde posted a couple weeks ago. I was really concerned when I first started reading but then I was surprised impressed by the ending and thought it was pretty funny too. I’m glad that posts like this are becoming more apparent.
Our ‘slut-shaming’ culture
This is an interview from msnbc conducted by Chris Hayes. He sits down with a panel of women and they discuss rape, sexual assault, drinking, and slut-shaming. It ties in really well with the discussion we were having on friday and is worth watching.
Hey guys so this week I thought I would make a post about the Purity Myth which fits really well into our discussion for this week. The Purity Myth was written by Jessica Valenti (the author of the Cult of Virginity) and its a really interesting book that talks about America’s obsession with virginity and how the extreme focus on chastity is damaging to women. She talks a lot about the virginity movement and discusses its presence in schools, media, etc. Its a really interesting read and I highly recommend it!
The Case Against Female Self-Esteem
This is an article written by Matt Forney and it is one of the worst things I’ve ever read. It is like the title says, his argument for why self confident women are detrimental to society. If you decide to read this get ready, it made me so angry I was yelling at my computer. His main points are basically that women have done nothing to deserve self esteem, that feminism is a lie and that women really need men and want men to do everything for them they’ve just been lead astray, and he ends with this gem “They want to be collectively led back to the kitchen, told to make a nice big tuna sandwich with extra mayo and lettuce, then swatted on the ass as we walk out the door.” There are no words really to describe how awful this article really is. I even read through some of the comments and found out that he deletes comments that disagree with his points. Sorry but I had to share this with all of you.
So our conversation today about the word cunt and why it is such a social taboo reminded me of this video I saw called Cliteracy. Cliteracy is a movement to make people aware of a fundamental part of women’s bodies, the clitoris, that is always overlooked. I thought it was a really interesting video and I felt comfortable posting it after our discussion today. There is also and article on Huffington Post if you guys want to check out more about the movement.