Art Quote of the Day: Gillian Ayres

Distillation, by Gillian Ayres, 1957

‘I do remember a woman saying if you are female and you want to get on, you’d better teach needlework or graphic design or something. You certainly won’t get a job teaching painting. And I can remember women saying that they wanted to give up their lives for their boyfriend, who was a great artist. I was always very ratty if there was any of that sort of thing.’

— Gillian Ayres, from this article in, of all places, the Torygraph

Trust the Torygraph to suggest that it’s possible to ignore away sexual discrimination.  Knobs.

Women, Dilbert hates you

I see what you did there, Scott Adams:  Humorless bitches are always complaining about humiliation and disrespect, even though men are wise enough to know how trivial female perspectives are.

The men who read this strip will nod sagely and share a dudely bonding moment with you.  Together, you will feel smug in your male privilege.

Disrespect!  Hahahahaha!  Humiliation!  Hehehehehe!

Hate women much?  Why yes, you do.

You are warmly invited to help us boycott major Sun advertisers from 29th October through 5 November.

No More Page 3

So, you’ve contacted your MP, now, who else can you contact that is in a powerful position to sway the powers that be at The Sun??

THE ADVERTISERS.

That’s right, the companies who give millions of pounds, the pounds that you work hard for and spend in their shop, to The Sun, which has Page 3, ‘the biggest thing normalizing the sexual objectification of women’ (a quote from one of the signatures on our petition – thank you, we quite agree)

So please can you copy the below letter and post it on the facebook pages beneath.

I am wholeheartedly supporting the campaign No More Page 3, which is appealing to Dominic Mohan, editor of The Sun, to please remove the bare breasts of young women from this family newspaper.

These pictures were introduced in 1970, an incredibly sexist era. We do not think they should remain in 2012. Children…

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Ironically Misspelled Feminist Quote of The Day: Sex positivism

Art that doesn't objectify women

Cauliflower by Hedda Sterne, 1967

I think the crank on “sex positivism” is best cartoonized by the Full Frontal Feminism book, where on the book you have a nakid lady. See feminism is funz, see, you can put your body up for a product and it’s a self-referential joke and empowerfulizing. You know, like Obama put a nakid picture of himself on the cover of his important political book. Guyz do that all the time, because it is empowerful and shows yourz fancy thinkin’ and people don’t call men who write books without the nakid pictures of them to be on talk shows and a spokesperson for a generation.

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Another day, another feminist smackdown

Iridescence, by Allison Gregory, 2009.

I was alerted to the presence of an article criticizing the No More Page 3 campaign that was so maliciously ignorant that even Neil Wallis couldn’t have written it.

Feminists, if you think lefty libertarians are your friends, read this (and the comments) and think again.  I know that whole “let people do whatever they want because freedom and individuality are the most important thing in life” philosophy is a really attractive one, especially if you’re an oppressed person who has been denied and restricted for most of your life.  But you’ve been sold a sexual-libertarianist pig in a poke.

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Art Quote of the Day: Creativity vs. fame

Milkweed by Lee Krasner

Milkweed by Lee Krasner, 1955.   Source

[The artist] is our model of the great and free individualist who expresses himself for the sake of self-expression. There is no explicit acknowledgment that any artist that qualifies for the term is a published artist — an artist who sells and exhibits his products through the channels of commercial establishments such as publishers, galleries, cinemas, record companies, and the entertainment industry generally.  The term ‘artist’ no longer denotes creativity, but public fame.

Susanne Kappeler, “Liberals, Liberatarians, and the Liberal Arts Establishment