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Following a Feminist Blog: art response June 26, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — biancamoscher @ 9:12 am

For our last blog entry we were supposed to create an art response which can be presented as a performance, an installation, through music, dance or as a poetry. I had a closer look at the blog Fbomb, which I had chosen at the beginning of the course. Throughout the semester, I followed this blog and realized, that some topics are recurring. As Fbomb is a feminist blog about women’s right for teenage girls, it often deals with topics like the teenager’s sexuality and especially sex education which is often critizised to be neglected in American schools. When browsing the blog, I came across the following blog entry titled “Teen Sex and Feminism” written by Talia F.

I decided to create a collage trying to show the contents of Talia’s article. In her article, she is talking about the controversities of sex. It is seen as essential for the survival of the human race and as well as one of the foremost pleasures in life.

I found one quote, which striked me most and which I want to use to create my art response: Human beings are obsessed with sex. Really, really obsessed with sex.”

According to Talia, sex is actually all about men and their pleasure. In her opinion, women just have sex to get children and to please men.

By now, teenage sex has already become common in America; the country has also got the highest rate of teen pregnancy and sexual transmitted infections in the developed world. This is a result of the fact, that still being a virgin is seen as “uncool” with a certain age: being sexually experienced is the adult thing to do. Losing virginity is a much more complex matter for girls than it is for boys: holding on it for a long time is assumed with prudity, whereas losing it without having a boyfriend means to be a slut often. However, boys are in some cases even celebrated for being a so called “man-whore” and called “players”, which has not such a negative connotation as the term “slut” used for girls for instance has. Girls get immediately labeled and judged.

For Talia, the biggest problem concerning teenage sexuality is the concentration on male pleasure. Female on male oral sex is even expected, but it is fairly rare for a boy to reciprocate. in her opinion, one of the reasons for the male-centricity of teenage sexuality is due to porn. Most of them are totally unrealistic and demeaning towards women. In such films, women do not have their own needs and desires, men have all the power.

She also mentions the importance of contraception. Although there exist lots of different possibilities to prevent unwished pregnancies and sexual transmitted diseases, more then half of the contracted people of STIs are between 15 and 24 years old. This is among other things due to the pretty bad sex education in America. Though there’s pretty much information about contraception, the active part is often left aside.

The fixation of the described problems is that important, as girls ought to feel like equal partners in sexual encounters. For a long time, women were valued largely for their bodies and ability to improve life for men, not for themselves as people. If a man really respects a women, he will also care about her enjoyment while having sex.

Talia considers it as very important, that comprehensive sex education becomes the norm. Furthermore, contraception should be available for everybody.

At the end, Talia asks herself what can be done to better the situation of teenage girls in America concerning sex. She mentions spreading the idea of egalitarian sexual behaviour and the abdication of using words like “slut” or “whore”.

In my collage, I tried to combine all aspects that come to my mind when I think about teenagers and sexuality. To be informed about the various possibilities of contraception is very important and some young boys and girls often are not properly informed and underestimate the risks and dangers. As sex is a topic everyone is concerned about, in some way, I decided to also use pictures to show the different forms of sex.

 

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Credits:

 

http://thefbomb.org/2012/06/teen-sex-and-feminism/

http://healty87.blogspot.com

http://www.csn-deutschland.de/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/domina_kontrast-ii.jpg

 

 

 

 

Feminist Remix June 12, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — biancamoscher @ 3:39 pm

Hey everyone!

For my feminist remix I decided to choose pictures of women, which show their image, which in most cases contains lots of stereotypes. Each of my selected pictures stands for a certain image of women.

 

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In our society, women are subsribed many different roles: They are mostly seen as housewifes, caretakers for the children, nurturers, cooks and cleaning lady. Especially nowadays, the role of women in society has changed and they also fill jobs as managers in leading positions. In most cases, women are seen as subordinated to men, but actually women aren’t reliant on man anymore. They became independent in the last few decades.

Of course there’s still the typical image of women being dependent on men as “guardian” and “nurturer” of the family in some countries. Unfortunately, there also still exists the image of women as a sex object. I guess this is due to advertisements, especially in TV and in magazines. Women are often shown in sexy underwear, posing seductive and alluring. Women are spoken to fulfill men’s wishes; to do everything to pleasy them (mostlysexually), as the cartoon on my collage wants to show.

Another image of women, which is in my opinion not that widely-spread, is the picture of women as bodybuilders. As the picture on my collage shows, the woman has muscles all over and she seems to spread power, strength and some kind of masculinity, as women are actually not supposed to be that musculous.

I tried to show some of the different images of women in the media, which (at least I hope so) succeeded.

I hope you enjoyed! 😉

 

Credits:

http://www.google.at/imgres?q=hausfrau&hl=de&gbv=2&biw=1024&bih=372&tbm=isch&tbnid=hx_O_-7KbBPKOM:&imgrefurl=http://emmape.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/das-leihmannchen/&docid=qMru9yzaBOhvDM&imgurl=http://emmape.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/hausfrau.jpg&w=420&h=405&ei=AU7XT8ChCYvEsgbM8KyoDw&zoom=1 

http://www.google.de/imgres?q=feminismus&hl=de&rlz=1R2MEDA_de&biw=1024&bih=372&tbm=isch&tbnid=-NbLpcCFZcKXNM:&imgrefurl=http://www.leonberger-kreiszeitung.de/stz/page/1705970_r_bilddetails_9223_–generation-feminismus-was-wollen-frauen-heute-.html%3F_skip%3D0&docid=M6DGszl7-po38M&imgurl=http://www.leonberger-kreiszeitung.de/media_fast/626/wecandoit_400ap.jpg&w=400&h=320&ei=41XXT8yrOMrWtAbJzKjKDw&zoom=1

http://www.google.de/imgres?q=feminismus&hl=de&rlz=1R2MEDA_de&biw=1024&bih=372&tbm=isch&tbnid=_-tAHlYCO_HTBM:&imgrefurl=http://www-e.uni-magdeburg.de/anschuet/einleitung.html&docid=xR4vqKdygjjO_M&imgurl=http://www-e.uni-magdeburg.de/anschuet/bilder/feminismus.webp&w=400&h=300&ei=41XXT8yrOMrWtAbJzKjKDw&zoom=1