Friday, 22 April 2011

Keep young and beautiful

 I couldn't believe it when I saw this clip from the film Roman Scandals- made in 1933 after the flapper girls of the 1920s had shorn their hair and made their mark

Friday, 15 April 2011

Killing us softly

Jean Kilbourne talks about how the media affects women through the use of images. Pro skinny, pro violence, pro sexualisation creates a unrealistic, unnatainable beauty norm that women are supposed to compete with and strive for.


Natalia LL

 Post Consumer Art 1975

Art Must Be Beautiful Artist Must Be Beautiful

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Marina Abramović Art Must Be Beautiful Artist Must Be Beautiful 1975

"I brush my hair with a metal brush held in my right hand and simultaneously comb my hair with a metal comb held in my left hand. While so doing, I continuously repeat 'Art must be beautiful', 'Artist must be beautiful', until I have destroyed my hair and face"

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Step Up

                                              stills from Step Up

Constant rhythmic beats, counting out the desperate attempts to achieve ideal beauty

Monday, 11 April 2011

Riot grrrls

Here's a link to a Guardian article about the riot grrrl movement from the 90s:

"From hundreds of once pink, frilly bedrooms comes the young feminist revolution," began a USA Today article of 1992, one of many that year trying to describe the Riot Grrrl movement taking root in America. This particular article added a word of caution: "And it's not pretty."

Don't say I'm not good to you.

Reclaim the night

Reclaim the night was started by the feminist movement in 1976 as a protest against rape and sexual violence against women:

Voracious Maw

Stills from Voracious Maw

"I ate knowing full well that I'd feel bloated and flooded with disgust later on and that I'd have to make restitution- I'd starve the next day, or go for a six mile run, or both. I ate without pleasure, I ate until I hurt" 
extract from Appetites- why women want Caroline Knapp