Category Archives: Feminism and the Arts

Gender Disparity In Book Reviewing and Related Occupations

The New York Times’ Julie Bosman reports on VIDA’s annual survey of book reviews appearing in leading publications. VIDA: Women in Literary Arts reports that these reviews are overwhelmingly written by men. Ms. Bosman reports that Ruth Franklin at  the New … Continue reading

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“Hip Hop and Feminism” Syllabus and CFP

Over at the blog of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South, this post that includes a link to the syllabus for Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry’s “Hip Hop and Feminism” course at Tulane University: Throughout … Continue reading

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A Creative Photographer’s Birthday Gift to Her 5 Year-Old Daughter (and the Rest of Us)

Texas-based photographer Jamie C. Moore wanted to take pictures of her daughter Emma on the occasion of Emma’s fifth birthday.  She writes (here) on her blog: So my amazing daughter, Emma,  turned 5 last month, and I had been searching … Continue reading

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“Life Story” Interpreted by Lynne Wintersteller

  I love Lynne Wintersteller’s interpretation of “Life Story” from the Maltby-Shire Closer than Ever.   It is an especially beautiful song and a beautiful version. -Bridget Crawford

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Interview with cartoonist Cathy Guisewite

Here. “Cathy was the first widely syndicated humor strip created by a woman. The strip was pretty revolutionary at the time not only because it starred a female, but also because it was so emotionally honest about all the conflicting … Continue reading

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Staten Island Borough President Calls Lady Gaga a ‘Slut,’ Manhattan Borough President Defends Her, Pace Law Professor Wishes Politicians Would Simply Leave Artist Alone

Brief news account of slut calling by James Molinaro here. Response by Scott Stringer here. The Pace Law Professor who wishes both of them would focus on making NYC a better place for all citizens and let Lady Gaga get … Continue reading

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Daniel Tosh and Rape Jokes

Daniel Tosh’s assertion during a recent appearance at the Laugh Factory that rape jokes are “always funny” has caused a certain amount of comment and controversy, particularly since a woman in the audience challenged him on his opinion. She responded … Continue reading

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One More Reason to Love Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor is currently serving as a spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence.  Here‘s the group’s announcement: For more than three decades, “I Will Survive” has been a beacon of hope for countless victims of domestic violence … Continue reading

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Jessica Gonzales v. United States: Blog Resource and Film Announcement

Filmmakers April Hayes and Katia Maguire are in the process of producing Jessica Gonzales v. United States, a documentary about one woman’s legal battle on behalf of domestic violence survivors.  Here is the producers’ description of the film: In 1999, … Continue reading

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Cartoon History, Woman Suffrage and the Kewpie Doll

Comicbookgrrrl has an informative post (here) about cartoonist Rose O’Neill: Rose O’Neill is regarded as the first woman cartoonist (1874-1944). Self taught, and from a poor family, her parents ensured she was never without paper to draw on, and her … Continue reading

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Phoebe Hart, “ORCHIDS: My Intersex Adventure”

A documentary by Australian filmmaker Phoebe Hart aired on Showtime earlier this month.  Here’s the distributor’s description of the film “ORCHIDS: My Intersex Adventure”: Gen X filmmaker Phoebe Hart always knew she was different growing up – but she didn’t … Continue reading

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Menstruating in Public

Sarah Maple in her Studio; Photo by Andrew Hassen Folks with an interest in feminist art will want to check out the work of Sarah Maple, a visual artist based in Sussex, England.  In a recent article in the (UK) … Continue reading

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“A Civil Remedy” by Kate Nace Day

Suffolk University Law Professor Kate Nace Day‘s documentary film A Civil Remedy will be shown on Saturday, April 26, 2012 at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square.  If you’re in the Boston area or planning to be there, the screening … Continue reading

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Yxta Maya Murray, “Feminist Engagement and the Museum”

Yxta Maya Murray (Loyola-LA) has posted to SSRN her article Feminist Engagement and the Museum, 1 Br. J. Am. Leg. Studies (2012).   Here is the abstract: One day in the summer of 2011, Los Angeles law professor Yxta Maya … Continue reading

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Yxta Murray on “Rape Trauma, the State, and the Art of Tracey Emin”

Yxta Maya Murray (Loyola Law School Los Angeles) has posted to SSRN her article Rape Trauma, the State, and the Art of Tracey Emin, 100 Calif. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2012).  Here is the abstract: Prosecutors use “rape trauma syndrome” … Continue reading

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The Eye of the Beholder?

From CNN: a discussion of the impact of documentaries such as Miss Representation and America the Beautiful on today’s youth. If you still wonder whether the image of women and gender in pop culture is still relevant, take a look … Continue reading

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Woman Suffrage, Lady Gaga-Style

In honor of International Women’s Day, here’s a clever Gaga-inspired music video from Soomo Publishing that (loosely) is about the 19th Amendment.  Yes, all of the people in the video are white – an important reminder that the Woman Suffrage movement … Continue reading

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“Are You a Feminist or a Womanist?” Staceyann Chin Responds

Staceyann Chin responds with poetry: “I am never any one thing or the other….” -Bridget Crawford

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Coming to Social Consciousness Through Hip-Hop

Over at Rhymes and Reasons: The Stories of Hip-Hop, Chicago-based community organizer Jasson Perez talks about one song’s influence on his intellectual and emotional development: I picked Tupac, “Keep Ya Head Up,” mainly because, well,  it’s a great song, and its … Continue reading

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When Kurt Vonnegut Said, “I Worry About Women”

Over at Letters of Note, there is a beautiful post about a letter Kurt Vonnegut wrote in response to a 36-year old widow and mother of three.  Marianne Brown explains, “For some reason I wrote to Kurt Vonnegut and thanked him for … Continue reading

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The reason

Interviewer: So, why do you write these strong female characters? Joss Whedon: Because you’re still asking me that question.

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Documentary “Miss Representation” Tonight on OWN

One of the hits of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival takes to the small screen tonight.  The Oprah Winfrey Network will show the documentary film Miss Representation at 9:00 p.m. (eastern).  Here is a description of the film: Like drawing … Continue reading

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Is a Book Like Sex?

In an interview with the UK Guardian (here), author Maurice Sendak says of e-books: “I hate them. It’s like making believe there’s another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of book! A book … Continue reading

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“From Cleopatra Jones to First Lady Michelle Obama: Exploring Feminism in Film & Media”

The 14th Annual Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival will take place this coming weekend in Brooklyn, New York.  Here’s an overview: Reel Sisters Film Festival will screen more than 25 films directed, produced or written by women of … Continue reading

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Financial and Other Support Requested for Documentary Film Advocating Justice for Sex Trafficking Victims and Survivors

Professor Kate Nace Day (Suffolk) was one of the organizers of the “Human Rights and Sex Trafficking” Film Forum, held last December in Cambridge, Massachusetts (previously blogged here and here). A collaborative team — including Professor Day, practicing lawyers, law students, … Continue reading

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Masturbation and Female Empowerment in Photos (and the Law?)

In The New Republic Ruth Franklin asks, Is Female Masturbation Really the Last Sexual Taboo? That’s the title of her review of a book of photographs by Will Santillo called La Petite Morte: Female Masturbation, Fantasies and Orgasm (Taschen 2011). Open any … Continue reading

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Harriet Beecher Stowe, the Real Woman Behind the Unreal Man (Or: Truth and Death)

This from the Op-ed section of [June 14th]’s New York Times: The novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe, born 200 years ago today, was an unlikely fomenter of wars. Diminutive and dreamy-eyed, she was a harried housewife with six children, who suffered from … Continue reading

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Film About Loving v. Virginia at Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film festival begins next week.  Included in the film line-up is Loving Story, a documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving.  Here is the film description: Loving v. Virginia was a watershed civil rights case in which the United … Continue reading

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New Documentary on Women, War, Family and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Women Make Movies is distributing a new documentary film by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel.  Here is the description of “Pushing the Elephant“: In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo lost her family and home to the violence that engulfed the … Continue reading

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Fatal Charmers

Kevin Nance investigates the disappearance of the femme fatale from our screens. “For all her lying,” he says, “the femme fatale was a truth-teller, a bad woman whose real crime was to introduce a man to his own innate badness. … Continue reading

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Karlyn on “Unruly Girls, Unrepentant Mothers”

This new book announcement from the University of Texas Press caught my eye: Unruly Girls, Unrepentent Mothers, a companion to Kathleen Rowe Karlyn’s groundbreaking work, The Unruly Woman, studies the ways popular culture and current debates within and about feminism inform … Continue reading

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Isabelle Caro, Model, Anti-Anorexia Campaigner, Dies

Daniele Gouzard-Dubreuil Prevot, model Isabelle Caro’s acting teacher, announced that Ms. Caro died (Los Angeles Times obit) last month and was buried November 24. Ms. Caro, who suffered from anorexia, posed for the famous anti-anorexia ad labelled “No Anorexia” in … Continue reading

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When Maya Angelou and James Baldwin Walked into a Bar…

Maya Angelou recently donated 343 boxes of her papers to the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  At the accompanying ceremony/talk, she told a story about a time that she and James Baldwin went to a bar in … Continue reading

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The Sisterhood on “Mad Men”

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Gina Barreca weighs in on the Women of AMC’s “Mad Men,” here. Comments Ms. Barreca, Sisterhood, smisterhood. You know what’s really powerful? Women laughing together. Really laughing. Truth-laughing. Even when it’s all not politically or … Continue reading

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Calling All Bloggers

The blog Girl With Pen is seeking assistance. See the job posting below. It’s been a little quite round here this summer.  But we’re coming back in blazes come fall.  And speaking of: Author and Founding Partner of She Writes Deborah … Continue reading

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New Study Finds Women and Girls Underrepresented and Oversexualized in Media

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has recently issued a report of the results of studies conducted about gender in media. The results can be viewed here (PDF). Among them: Study 1: G-rated movies from 1990-Jan. 2005: Fewer … Continue reading

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Half of the trained artists in the U.S. are women, yet they make up just 2% of the artists with works in the National Gallery in DC; at the contemporary art-focused Hirshhorn Museum, women make up only 5% of featured artists.

Pamela T. Boll examines this disparity and its causes in her documentary Who Does She Think She Is? Via. –Ann Bartow

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Death of Lucille Clifton

The Baltimore Sun has details: Former [Maryland] state poet laureate Lucille Clifton, a National Book Award winner whose work was lauded for its “moral quality,” died Saturday at  Johns Hopkins Hospital after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses. … Continue reading

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Are lesbians becoming extinct?

Trivia: Voices of Feminism is the reincarnation of the iconic TRIVIA: A Journal of Ideas published in print from 1982-1995. The newest volume, edited by Lise Weil and Betsy Warland, includes responses to the lesbian extinction question. As the editors … Continue reading

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You’re Speaking My Language: United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Finds “mmmm-mmmm-mmmm” Constitutes “Indecent Language” in Court-Martial Appeal

You are a military judge. According to a female Marine, one day she was working in an ammunition magazine with a United States Marine Corps Corporal when she began to “freak out” upon discovering that she had a bug on … Continue reading

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Women are well represented in some of the categories…

… for a refreshing change.

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Austin on “Women’s Unequal Citizenship at the Border”

Regina Austin (Penn) has posted to SSRN her book chapter, “Women’s Unequal Citizenship at the Border: Lessons from Three Nonfiction Films about the Women of Juárez,” forthcoming in Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship, edited by Linda McClain and … Continue reading

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Monk and the Baroness: Nica Rothschild’s Contributions to American Jazz History

Later this month, the documentary film “The Jazz Baroness” will air on cable TV.  The film was made by the English artist (and member of the Rothschild banking family) Hannah Rothschild.  The “Jazz Baroness” explores the life of Kathleen Annie … Continue reading

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“Films for the Feminist Classroom”

The “Films for the Feminist Classroom” Collective has made available (here) its second issue of its review periodical.  Here’s a general description of the periodical: Films for the Feminist Classroom (FFC) is an online journal hosted by the  Rutgers-based editorial … Continue reading

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Dan Brown’s “Lost Symbol” is awful. Her eyes were as big as saucers when it hit her like an uncoming train.

I’ll leave more detailed reviews for others, but here is something I found particularly stupid, at page 31. Protagonist Robert Langdon is lecturing to one of his freshman “intro” Harvard classes: …”In this age when different cultures are killing each … Continue reading

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Is the Met Celebrating Woman as Sexual Prey?

A post at Feminist Philosophers asks that question. Above is Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid” which is purportedly charged with erotic imagery related to the vulnerability of women with this social status. –Ann Bartow

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The Recorded Voice of Virginia Woolf

Here!

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E. Lynn Harris Dead at 54

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (here): Atlanta author E. Lynn Harris died Friday at age 54 during a west coast book tour. In a statement to the AJC, Alison Rich, Doubleday executive director of publicity said:”We at Doubleday are deeply shocked … Continue reading

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“”Make Her Say (Poke Her Face)”: Un-conscious Hip Hop, Oral Rape and the Silencing of Women”

That’s the title of this essay at Celie’s Revenge about a very misogynist song. Here is an excerpt from the introduction: As a female listener, one willing to allow herself to really hear this song’s words and take them to … Continue reading

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“Woman Suffrage in Iowa” at Blanden Memorial Art Museum

“Woman Suffrage in Iowa: 90 Years After the ‘Winning Plan’” is a current exhibition at Blanden Memorial Art Museum in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The image of the poster at left, featured in the Blanden exhibit, derives from an original painting … Continue reading

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