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The Academic Feminist: Leah DeVun on feminist art and womyn’s lands

Welcome back, Academic Feminists. This edition features an interview with artist and historian Leah DeVun. Leah lives in New York and teaches women’s and gender history at Rutgers University. Her artwork has been featured in Artforum, Capricious, and LA Weekly and her scholarly work has appeared in Radical History Review and GLQ. “The L Word” fans may recognize her from her work as a commentator on the DVD of the Showtime series. Here, Leah discusses the connections between her scholarly work and her art, for example, by looking at the history of the womyn’s land movement and asking what it can tell us about current efforts to imagine communal ways of living. Leah concludes by discussing the legacy ...

Welcome back, Academic Feminists. This edition features an interview with artist and historian Leah DeVun. Leah lives in New York and teaches women’s and gender history at Rutgers University. Her artwork has been featured in ...

The Feministing Five: Riva Lehrer

Infusing her paintings with powerful activism, Riva Lehrer has explored such themes on the body, disability, and identity for over 20 years. She was born with spina bifida and has used her artwork to identify critical questions about bodies, creativity, and perspective. Her art has been featured in galleries and museums across the country, and Riva is also a writer and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Her work frequently is composed of portrait series like “Totems + Familiars” which addresses the connection between imagination, survival, and metaphor as well as “Mirror Shards” which extends her use of visual metaphor to explore human’s reliance upon animal symbols to produce empathy. We’ve included some ...

Infusing her paintings with powerful activism, Riva Lehrer has explored such themes on the body, disability, and identity for over 20 years. She was born with spina bifida and has used her artwork ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Can artists be good activists?

On the forgotten women of Fruitvale Station.

Gloria Steinem was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Charges have been filed in the Rehtaeh Parsons sexual assault case.

Three ways the U.S. immigration system is broken.

Should non-profit workers unionize?

Can artists be good activists?

On the forgotten women of Fruitvale Station.

Gloria Steinem was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Charges have been filed in the Rehtaeh Parsons sexual assault case.

Cool street art alert: “Women do not owe you their time or conversation”

We’ve mentioned this street art before when it popped up in Philly, although I didn’t know then who was behind it. According to NPR, these anti-street harassment posters are the work of artist Tatayana Fazlalizadeh who’s been dodging cops in the cover of darkness to put them up in her neighborhood in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Fazlalizadeh says the frequent cat calls she receives inspired her. “It happens almost daily to me,” she says, “so I wanted to express myself and speak up for myself.”

Update: Check out Fazlalizadeh’s Stop Telling Women to Smile Tumblr.

We’ve mentioned this street art before when it popped up in Philly, although I didn’t know then who was behind it. According to NPR, these anti-street harassment posters are the work of artist Tatayana ...

All Malala Everything

Let Malala Yousafzai be a reminder to all of us of strength, courage and unflinching determination to survive and succeed in a world that demands you to fail. The artists at Zen Pencils have created a beautiful and moving comic of Malala’s story, centering around her profound conviction of the right to educate girls in Pakistan.

As you may recall, Yousafzai was shot by Taliban gunmen for her advocacy work to educate Pakistani girls. Throughout her recovery, she has maintained her determination to secure her education so that she can continue to fight for the rights of girls in Pakistan.  She is a nominee for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. This week, after six month recovery in the hospital, Malala has ...

Let Malala Yousafzai be a reminder to all of us of strength, courage and unflinching determination to survive and succeed in a world that demands you to fail. The artists at Zen Pencils have created

Great feminist (and Lady Gaga) art at http://soirart.tumblr.com/

Elsewhere on the Interwebs

Chelsea Brown’s updated Rosie the Riveter poster (above) is making a splash in cyberspace; check out her feminist (and Lady Gaga) art at her Tumblr.

Corporations are people–except in the carpool lane?

The Beheld reviews Phoebe Baker Hyde’s The Beauty Experiment.

On policing sex crimes before they happen.

Steph Herold on the Time abortion story and intergenerational tension (or lack thereof).

Good job internets! The Jim Crow-style playground signs in Delaware, with very different messages in English and Spanish, have been taken down.

Spoiler alert! Think Progress talks about Downton Abbey‘s season premier and the most important fictional wedding since Liz Lemon’s.

Chelsea Brown’s updated Rosie the Riveter poster (above) is making a splash in cyberspace; check out her feminist (and Lady Gaga) art at her Tumblr.

Corporations are people–except in the carpool lane?

The Beheld

Quick hit: Fight racism and sexism in the art world

It’s no secret that the art world has something of a diversity problem.

Courtney has previously written about women in art, questioning the lack of gender equality in the art world and presenting some crucial ideas and resources for female artists.

And she has cited some grim statistics, including the fact that only 8 percent of the work that the Museum of Modern Art exhibits is by women. A similar problem exists for people of color and the art world, with some estimates putting those who frequent art museums at 92% white.

Yet there seems to be no shortage of talented, ambitious artists of all different races and genders who are eager to make it with their art, and an audience ...

It’s no secret that the art world has something of a diversity problem.

Courtney has previously written about women in art, questioning the lack of gender equality in the art world and presenting some crucial ideas and ...

What if dude superheroes posed like lady superheroes

For a movie about dudes with big muscles who punch things, The Avengers treats its few female characters pretty well. Which isn’t a big surprise, since the movie is written and directed by Buffy creator Joss Whedon. But the film’s advertising has featured Black Widow in the standard “look at my ass!” poses we’ve sadly come to expect for our female superheroes.

Artist Kevin Bolk was tired of this sexist cliche and decided to change it up:

Check out Bolk’s booty-themed trilogy of images here.

For a movie about dudes with big muscles who punch things, The Avengers treats its few female characters pretty well. Which isn’t a big surprise, since the movie is written and directed by Buffy creator Joss Whedon. But the film’s ...

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