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Patty Carroll, Red Velvet From Francesca Woodman to Judy Chicago, women artists have long grappled with the idea of the home: are our houses our personal sanctuaries or our monotonous prisons? The photographer Patty Carroll expresses the ambivalent relationship between femininity and the home in her ongoing project “Anonymous Woman,” in which she shoots women, meant to represent everywoman, engulfed in drapes.    Ecru Shade   Some of her images read as warm and womb-like; Red Velvet catches a woman swept up in a luxurious and cozy wave of rich color. Read More
We hear it all the time: sex sells. And it’s true. As the art critic John Berger has suggested, advertisements are effective when they sell a fantasy: buy this product, and you will be envied by all. Women in both art and advertising are often posed for the male gaze; in other words, even if there’s a man in an ad photo, the woman is shown facing the consumer, promising to be just as attainable as the product she sells. Her body is symbolically up-for-grabs to anyone who can afford the wristwatch or cologne she markets. Read More
Popcorn Venus, 2012. Joyce II. When you think of women photographers who work in self-portraiture, you probably think of Cindy Sherman. The artist has made a career of transforming herself into everything from a bleached blonde spray-tanned socialite to Mae West. Her impressive body of work is such that she appears to be everywhere, capable of metamorphosing into anyone she chooses.    It’s almost impossible to work in self portraiture without being compared to Sherman, and the young and brilliant photographer Juno Calypso often is. Read More
Ever wonder what a ~real~ feminist looks like? LOOK NO FURTHER! The Cut, a site often required to use stock photography, recently discovered the marvelous results of searching subjects like “empowered female” and “girl power,” as well as “women with positive body image” and “working women” within their photo cache. As writer Emily Shornick explains, “We know that stock photography is designed to trade in clichés; we're well acquainted with Women Laughing Alone With Salad. Read More
  Since “selfie” became Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year, the internet has been abuzz with mediations on the trend’s implication for young women, the group with whom the trend has become most popular. Does the validation of the selfie as a word and as a fixture in modern society hurt or help those who take them?   Flavorwire’s Michelle Dean and Jezebel’s Erin Gloria Ryan view the photographic medium as dangerous to young women’s self-esteem and sense of worth. Read More
  Inspired by the UN Women ad campaign featuring google searches related to the word “woman,” Policy Mic’s Elizabeth Plank began a project that explores what the world thinks of feminists. When one Googles search terms related to feminism, the results are discouraging and often violent, but Plank’s images inspire hope as well.  Instead of expressing the silencing of women with the covering of their mouths, her images allow feminists to have a voice. Each woman featured is a prominent feminist activist, gazing boldly ahead. Read More
  Kanye West’s new “Bound 2” video has been criticized for featuring a nude Kim Kardashian, with whom he suggestively canoodles. To be blunt, it seems a lot like she’s just there for some eye-candy. But Flavorwire’s Lillian Ruiz would disagree, suggesting that Kanye’s portrayal of female sexuality is “unusually complex” because “there is no Madonna and no whore in this narrative. Read More
Chrystal Bougon, the owner of plus-size lingerie store Curvy Girl, is encouraged to see more plus-size models these days, but she thinks it might not be enough. After all, “anything over size 4 is considered plus-size,” she says. And most are photoshopped. She is “constantly asked for pictures of [her] products on 'regular' bodies,” bodies without any airbrushing or editing. In her “Regular Women” campaign, she delivers by asking women over Facebook  to send in images of themselves in lingerie. Read More
In 1997, Michelle Tea and Sini Anderson founded "Sister Spit," an all-girls weekly, free open mic night. They decided to take their act on the road, evolving into a traveling event that showcases both new and established writers and creates a platform for underground voices of feminists and the queer community.  After editing an anthology of young, queer writers in 2007, Tea revived Sister Spit as Sister Spit: The New Generation and has held a major tour every year since.  This year, they need YOUR support. Read More
While I may not agree with Miley Cyrus's every move (that was not a twerking pun, for the record), she's finally spouting some truth I can get behind: feminism. In an interview with BBC's radio program Newsbeat, Miley declared: "I feel like I'm one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything. I'm for anybody and everything. I don't care what you want to do in your life, or who you want to be with, who you want to love or what you look like." Err...okay, perhaps her logic is a little flawed. Read More