My thesis will be based on Feminism in the late 20th and 21st century in Western Europe, North America and compared to Feminism in middle eastern countries. I want to focus my thesis on why feminism is still necessary and how feminist art makes a difference in either culture I have been researching sexuality and politics, the use of the Word 'feminazi' as a way of degrading the feminist movement, and terms like "modern-day feminist", degrading, negative and harmful words used against women that are deemed socially acceptable in todays society, the female form and how women are played against each other in the media, stereotypes accosiated with feminism such as it being an anti men movement rather than an equal rights movement. I want to research radical feminism and question how it affects the feminist movement, why feminist art is relevant in western and middle eastern culture from the late 20th century to the present and the sexist views that still exist about women.
According to senior Islamic cleric, Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali while refering to the sexual abuse of Muslim women "If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside ... without cover, and the cats come to eat it ... whose fault is it, the cats' or the uncovered meat's? The uncovered meat is the problem. If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred." - Internet source -Thegaurdian.com 2006.
Washington-based family therapist and author Michael Gurian has suggested that boys evolved over the millennia to be hunters, not lovers or nurturers, males are less capable of emotion and of forming deep personal relationships without persistent tutoring- Source - Article, Public Interest. Summer99, Issue 136, p3. 15p.
The idea that boys will be boys plays such a roll in society that the actions of men are often excused on the basis that they are men, blame is then often shifted onto women in the form of slut shaming and victim blaming. If women 'meat' should act in a way that goes against the docile and chaste standards they are blamed for the actions or words of others and are often accused of 'asking for it' in some form or another, I feel this is true for both cultures either Western or Middle Eastern. Although Middle Eastern culture is much more extream, it doesnt excuse sexism and violence against women in Western culture.
I have been researching artists such as Mariel Clayton who is a female artist from South Africa living in Canada who works with dolls to create amusing photography of Barbie depicted in different ways such as a misandrist, drug addict, mother, suicidal, homicidal, and sexually twisted sociopath while Ken is often depicted as a sex object, a slave, homosexual or murdered in some gruesome way by Barbie.
she has also used Barbie to recreate famous paintings such as 'Whistlers' Mother', 'Girl with a Pearl Earring', she has created images of Barbie portraying her as historical women through history such as Marie Antoinette,...