The female man/artistic intersections

Thefemale man/artistic intersections

10Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman.Dir. Rob Bliss. Perf. Shoshana B. Roberts, Andrea Misho. 2014. ViralVideo.

Thisvideo was created by Rob Bliss with the aim of showing how womenencounter harassment in the streets. The video featured ShoshanaRoberts who walked through the neighborhoods of New York Citydressed in a crewneck T-shirt and jeans.

Thevideo exposes the falseness that street harassment on women onlyoccurs if they wear clothes that reveal their bodies. Russ in FemaleMancontends that “shewas not only the victim of the act but in some strange way itsperpetrator somehow she had attracted the lightening that struckher out of a clear sky” (Russ 145). This means rape does not occur due to one’s dress choice.

Bedingfield,Natasha. Unwritten.Wayne Rodrigues and Danielle Brisebois, 2004. CD.

Thismusic talks about the power of women to break traditions and to actaccording to their will.

Thefeminist message in it tells us that women are strong beings thathave the capability of breaking the things they have beenconditioned to be, and become powerful.

Feldt,Gloria. Noexcuses:nine ways women can change how we think about power.California: Seal press, 2012. Google books. Web. 23 Nov. 2015.

Throughanecdotes, historical perspectives, and interviews, this nonfictionliterature work tries to explain the existence of gender equalitybarriers in the American society and ways of breaking them throughmovement building principles.

Thebook indicates nine power tools that can guide women to securejustice and equality, hence reflecting the issue of feminism thatempowers and assists women to equalize gender capability in love,politics, as well as in work.

Gerhard,Jane. “Judy Chicago and the practice of 1970s feminism.”FeministsStudies37.3 (2011): 591-618. EBSCOhost. Web. 23 Nov. 2015.

Thearticle talks about the most important piece of art that depictsfeminism, TheDinner Party, createdby Judy Chicago from 1974 to 1979. The installation of this piece ofart is made up of a monumental banquet table consisting of thirtynine place settings of remarkable women from mythology and history.Each place setting possesses both porcelain plates and ceramicchalices made of Gold. The plates and chalices are colored not onlywith vulva designs, but also with butterfly like designs. Moreover,under the triangular table, there are tiles painted with names ofnine hundred and ninety nine other women.

TheDinnerparty relatesto feminism in this way. It plays a role in feminist revision of history that commenced in the nineteen seventies.

Thefemale Man” by Joanna Russ

TheFemalemanis a feminist science fiction book full of controversy, sarcasm, wit,humor, and anger. Written by Joanna Russ, the book was published innineteen seventy five in the middle of the second wave feministactivism (Gerhard592).This book is considered important today because it is believed thatit has helped in shaping the feminism genre and movement.

Theissue of feminism is a topic that has been of controversy today andalso in the early years. Moreover, there have been endless debatesand discussions all over the media about it hence making it to havelots of meaning to different people. The two key pillars that holdthe basis for this issue are the nature of women’s empowerment andthe ways women acquire it. TheFemale mantherefore, gives a few ideas about these two pillars although it doesnot cover all the issues surrounding feminism. The book gives anhonest discussion about power politics, the culture of rape, andoppression of women in patriarchal societies, and also impediments inpatriarchal societies that limits women’s growth (Gerhard594).

Thebook alleges that women have been set up by traditional gender rolesto be accommodative of societal oppression and violence. Russsuggests that “a man doesn’twant me to lose my soul he only wants what everybody wants, thingsto go his way” (129). Inaddition, the book goes on to explore the difficulties encountered bywomen when fighting for their gender rights in a society that hasconditioned them to believe that feminists are haters of men. Forexample, Russ notes that “Womenfight through the constant male refractoriness of their surroundingstheir souls are torn out of them with such shock that there isn`teven any blood”(Russ 167). In this novel, the four featured women struggle with thesense that they are different from what teachers, mothers, lovers,and colleagues expect them to be or behave. Some like Laura decidesto accept their sexuality at such a time stigmatization ofhomosexuality is high. Jeannine and Joanna decide to support thecurrent feminist movement regardless of the adverse reaction it mighthave caused.


Gerhard,Jane. “Judy Chicago and the practice of 1970s feminism.”FeministsStudies37.3 (2011): 591-618. EBSCOhost. Web. 23 Nov. 2015.

Russ,Joanna. TheFemale Man.Boston: Beacon, 1986. Print.