Saturday, March 3, 2012

Feminism on Paper...

March is Women's History Month.  That's fine.  But I would like to explore Feminists in History.  This desire to create a month of feminists did not happen, I must admit prior to March or even on March 1.  I wish that I had had the foresight to plan this project ahead.  But I will have to go with hindsight and the joy that the month is young.

The idea for this month's focus sparked as a result of this article on Senator Judy Eason McIntyre.  But, upon reflection, I think that my burlesque girl fits in nicely to this meme.  In the film A Wink and A Smile, artists explain that the performers on stage are in control of the gaze and of their own sexuality.  How powerful.  Control over one's one sexuality and sensuality.  The idea that relationships are entered into based upon a mutuality and respect... erotic.  And lovely.  And revolutionary.  Feminist.

March 1, 2012
 Female sexuality is under attack.  Women are limited to a duality of virgin or whore and quite frankly I personally don't subscribe to either of those points of view.  The paper doll for March 1 is the Burlesque Riot GRRRL.

March 2, 2012
  Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre was the paper doll for Mach 2  because of her stand on the current punitive laws being pushed through by the conservative right intended on limiting women. Her sign was labeled offensive however the bill that she was protesting (invasive ultrasounds) was much more hideous.

March 3, 2012
Today I have chosen Lucy Stone because she was the first married woman in America (granted pre-abolishion so this is a loaded issue) to not take her husband's name. This was a radical form a protest.  In addition she wore pants. For the time period both were outrageous. Also, Lucy Stone's work in the abolition movement through public speaking sparked many of women to join in the suffrage movement.

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