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“When we talk about the needs of women, we have to consider the other identities we inhabit. We are not just women. We are people with different bodies, gender expressions, faiths, sexualities, class backgrounds, abilities, and so much more. We need to take into account these differences and how they affect us, as much as we account for what we have in common. Without this kind of inclusion, our feminism is nothing.
As a feminist, I feel a lot of pressure. We have this tendency to put visible feminists on a pedestal. We expect them to pose perfectly. When they disappoint us, we gleefully knock them from the very pedestal we put them on
We demand perfection from feminists, because we are still fighting for so much, we want so much, we need so damn much.
We go far beyond reasonable, constructive criticism, to dissecting any given woman’s feminism, tearing it apart until there’s nothing left. We do not need to do that. Bad feminism — or really, more inclusive feminism — is a starting point.”
I feel strongly that, as Roxane Gay says, more inclusive feminism — is a starting point, and we need to move past the starting point quickly to educate one another and get congress to listen about implementing the Equal Rights Amendment. – Natalie White
#March for ERA
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This isn’t her mother’s feminism
My feminism is very indebted to my moms but it is very different. My mom says ‘patriarchy’ i say ‘intersectionality’ so race class gender ability all of these things go into our experiences as a woman. Pay equity is absolutely a feminist issue, but for me so is immigration.
How do you feel your mother, or other female figures in your life have influenced your understanding of feminism? – Natalie White
The United States is only one of seven countries in the world along with Iran, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and the two Pacific Island nations Palau and Tonga that have not ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination of Women (CE- DAW). Known as the International Bill of Rights for Women, CEDAW has been signed and ratified by 187 countries, virtually every other country on Earth. This fact is what inspired White to dedicate her life to getting the E.R.A passed, raising awareness through her art.
#MarchForERA … Please join us (sign up http://www.MarchForERA.com) and share with everyone!!! Warmest, Natalie White
Yoko Ono’s feminist manifesto ‘The Feminization of Society’ was first published in The New York Times in 1972. These two quotes discuss the significance of coexistence with men in a patriarchal, sexist society:
“It’s hard to so easily dismiss the importance of paternal influence in this society, at this time. Since we face the reality that, in this global village, there is very little choice but to coexist with men, we might as well find a way to do it and do it well.”
“Most of us, as women, hope that we can achieve our freedom within the existing social set-up, thinking that, somewhere, there must be a happy medium for men and women to share freedom and responsibility. But if we just took the time to observe the very function of our society, the greed-power-frustration syndrome, we would soon see that there is no happy medium to be achieved. We can, of course, aim to play the same game that men have played for centuries, and inch by inch, take over all the best jobs and eventually conquer the whole world, leaving an extremely bitter male stud-cum-slave class moaning and groaning underneath us. This is alright for an afternoon dream, but in reality, it would obviously be a drag.”
How do you see Yoko Ono’s feminist manifesto existing & staying relevant in the current state of feminism?
“The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a ‘feminist’ story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist; that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.”
– Natalie Portman in an interview with Elle U.K.
Sally Mann captures mortality, sexuality, and the rawness of life. She’s an artist who is not afraid to go into uncomfortable topics, facing them head on.
She is well known for black and white photography, whose subjects have included her children, her husband, and photographs of the South. Her pictures have appeared in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum. In a New York Times Magazine April 2015 article that Mann wrote, she talked about the controversy concerning her photographing her children nude:
“When I stepped behind the camera and my kids stepped in front of it, I was a photographer and they were actors, and we were making a photograph together. And in a similar vein, many people mistook the photographs for reality or attributed qualities to my children (one letter-writer called them “mean”) based on the way they looked in the pictures. The fact is that these are not my children; they are figures on silvery paper slivered out of time.”
“It is similar to my own work in that when I photograph myself nude, I am making a clear difference between myself and the art. Nudity is a conduit for artistic expression, not for sexualization, per se. . . as people may think. It both invites free will, and demonstrates free will…something I feel strongly healthy for us all. It should not be censored.” – Natalie White
Let’s reclaim nudity as a form of artistic self-expression just as Mann did through photographing her children and her husband! Please feel free to convey your thoughts on the topic directly to me. Sincerely!
Stevie Nicks photographed by Peggy Sirota for Rolling Stone. Peggy Sirota
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Stevie Nicks (Birthday May 26)
Stevie Nicks’ rise to prominence in the male-dominated rock and roll industry in the 1970s propelled her into being a trail-blazing, feminist icon. Her defiance to conform to the social pressure of marrying and having children further solidified her status. Stevie was quoted in a magnificent 2013 interview with Jada Yuan for New York Magazine:
“My generation fought very hard for feminism, and we fought very hard to not be labeled as you had to have a husband or you had to be in a relationship … Well, what do you mean you don’t have a boyfriend? You don’t want to have one? You don’t want to be married?’ And you’re like, ‘Well, no, I don’t, actually. I’m fine.’ … Being able to take care of myself is something that my Mom really instilled in me, I can remember her always saying, ‘If nothing else, I will teach you to be independent.’ ”
Jada Yuan’s compelling piece on Stevie is a must-read. So much so that Stevie dedicated ‘Landslide’ to Yuan at a Jones Beach concert shortly after the profile was published.