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What challenges do feminist artists face in contemporary society?


my name is Janine. I am a student of Arts and Humanities at Birkbeck. I volunteer at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I have a full time job. I am an artist.
I am a feminist. I am a woman. I am gay.

I know this introduction is not really needed, yet I feel it makes the connection I have to the subject more clearer and shows my sincerity.

As part of my degree I have to write a about a subject I chose. After a breaking my head over subject I like but not love, brainstorming (I never believed this would work) helped me find this question.

'Which challenges do feminist artists face in contemporary society?'
Last summer (actually two summer's ago) I went to see Tracey Emin's exhibition 'Love Is What You Want' and I remember going through the exhibition and hearing rather shameful comments. Which I am not going to repeat at this point. Two years in these voices are still in my head, and I wonder what is going on? What happened to feminist revolutions? Why are so many women almost shamefully convinced that we have equal rights, when we do not? Sometimes I feel we are going back to the fifties again and I FEAR this place.

So I ask you what are your ideas on my question and what do you have to say on the subject of third wave feminism?

Are we really there yet?



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    Mar 11 2013: Hello, in my opinion, one big challenge would be to change your introduction; you have written a very meaningful introduction, seem to want to emphasize that you are different and that often leads to inequality. One thing is to be different that all we are, and other is right to equality that e.g. women don't have around the world.
    My point is that you are an artist and should be treated "only" as an artist and for the rest of us should not matter if you are woman, man, gay, black, white etc.. and as an artist you will express different ideas through your art, that could be about women, feminist, and other totally different topics... out of artist you are a person, the sexual gender could be important only when forming a couple and its only problem for the couple itself.
    Relative to shamefull comments always exist in all areas and we have to catch only constructive criticism that help us to improve, the cheap criticism without critera and only made to harm must be ignored.
    Sadly there is much work to achieve equality for women and we have to wait many waves.

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