Elliott Erwitt, Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain, 1995
The findings of an art history student with a love of art, feminism, equality, opera, music in general, religion, mythology, sociology, medieval manuscripts, books, the body, and human love of all sorts.
Birdy & Mumford & Sons - Learn Me Right
I love the Brave soundtrack!
I think we have to recognize this as legitimate art, and praise the pranksters as artists; however absurd this is, it is artful commentary on the art world.
Erik Olson: Space.
thanks for following! I have a question, you mentioned you were in a pro-choice group at ubc, how can I get in on that, because I’m up to HERE with this annual harassment; and it would be a group I would really like to be part of. let me know
Hey :) I am not part of a group at UBC, I just haven’t got my shit together enough to actually join one. There is the Students for Reproductive Rights and I’m on the mailing list - If you want the email address I can pass it along. I found out about the counter-protest on Facebook and went with a like-minded friend. We showed up and everyone was really welcoming and awesome. I would suggest joining that club if you’re interested. If not, they definitely won’t say no to extra support during a protest! A lot of the people there weren’t affiliated with any clubs but came anyway. Let me know if you join anything and end up really liking it!
- Brutus: And then he ran into my knife. He ran into my knife 23 times.
The Proper Art of Writing (1655)
From the Public Domain Review. They’re currently conducing a fundraiser to keep going through 2014. Such a good resource deserves support, so I contributed.
I spent a good portion of today protesting the “Genocide Awareness Project” on campus. They always set up their horrific/disturbing/racist signs around women’s day as a special “fuck you” to women*. I don’t know why UBC continues to allow these people to put up this kind of imagery on campus - they have large, graphic images of (photoshopped) aborted fetuses, victims of the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide, and a victim of lynching, along with other really disrespectful and misleading images. Their goal is to shame people who seek abortions and equate them with mass murderers. They really don’t care that their images might also be upsetting to people outside of their target audience - ie. people who’ve had miscarriages, students with family members/ancestors who were victims of genocide, children (a group of kids walked by - it would have given me nightmares at their age).
This year the GAP and the protesters were separated by a “neutral zone” and for the most part did not engage with one another. I think our protest was fairly successful - we had some respectful conversations with other students and some awesome words of encouragement from passersby. Some of us had pro-choice signs and others properly defined genocide. I had a sign that said “Pro-Choice, Pro-Child” and a few pro-lifers/anti-choicers challenged me on it. I explained that although I am really excited to one day have a family, I am not even close to being prepared financially, emotionally, etc. for a child right now. I’m very fortunate to have the right to make my own decisions regarding my reproductive health and when to start a family. Luckily there isn’t much these people can do to restrict that (*knock on wood*). All in all, it was actually a good day despite the GAPs best efforts to ruin it. It was freezing cold though!
Anyway, I don’t usually say much on this blog but I felt like I had to put this out there. I’m not too confident about writing on tumblr. If anyone else was there, or you want to say something about it, feel free to message me!
I just happened across this series entitled After Master by Yin Xin. By far my favourite is the Birth of Venus. Yin has taken classic master paintings and replaced their Western subjects with Chinese ones. LOVES IT.
- Top is Birth of Venus by Boticelli.
- Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe by Manet.
- Venus and the Lute Player by Titian
- Mona Lisa by Da Vinci
The World’s Quietest Room
Scientists at Minneapolis’ Orfield Labs created their own soundless room, an anechoic chamber. Their studies have found that when putting subjects within the chamber, they begin to hallucinate within 30 minutes.
With an average quiet room having a sound level of 30 decibels, the anechoic chamber’s sound level is -9 decibels. The ceiling, floor, and walls of the chamber absorb sound rather than have it bounce off as normal objects do. The chamber is so quiet that the subjectscan even hear their own organs functioning.
Although extremely interesting, the experience is rather unpleasant. Not one subject has spent more than 45 minutes in the chamber alone.
Leaving a person to only their thoughts, the chamber could drive them insane.
“Judge women as people not as wives”
“MAKERS: Women Who Make America” premieres TONIGHT at 8pm. Watch a preview.
Just saw the Makers documentary on PBS. It was really informative, interesting, and inspiring. There were some issues (they kind of ignored contemporary feminism and the intersectionality of oppression) but I would still urge everyone to watch it.
You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for your own pleasure.
John Berger Ways of Seeing (via spartanbitch)
This is super fucking relevant.
And why self portraits (selfies) are often such an act of self preservation and resistance.
Hahahaha this so much. I knew so many creeps who always idolized women’s bodies to the point of fetishizing it, but the second a girl showed any self-love? Oh, no, she’s foul.
That’s why when people call me vain or conceited I tear their throats out. Nobody loves me as much as me, shit.
I posted a photo of myself in a short black dress & some J Simp heels and IMPLIED that I thought I was cute.
Lost 8 followers instantly.
If we bring race into this and talk about how a BLACK woman can’t dare think she cute, we’d be here all day.