Beyond that, take a look at these artists and the running theme that they needed to change their names and sometimes even appearance in order, as Lynn Hershman Leeson stated, "to simply to become 'themselves'.” Not pretty enough to too pretty, it seems women still can't earn a break. Hannah Wilke, for example, was critiqued for being too pretty to be taken seriously. "Because the conventionally stunning artist incorporated her own body into her work, often nude, she was constantly accused of being narcissistic and flaunting her appearance" and "encountered throughout her life that she was too beautiful." And Valie Export said that in order for women to achieve a self-defined view of themselves and a different view of the place of women in society, that women must participate in "the construction of reality via the building blocks of media-communication."
I'm sad to say that the post I saw last night and the commentary is not succeeding in building blocks but instead, knocking them down. What say you? Women should be able to be who they are, sexually, sensually, and intellectually. So why the constant sarcastic poking of the female body parts, as if they are nothing more, especially if they don't fit some stereotypical idea of beauty or poise?
"8 Radical, Feminist Artists From The 1970s Who Shattered The Male Gaze" by Priscilla Frank