Last Tuesday’s class was really important to me because it helped me to understand feminism a lot better, especially in relation to art and our course topics. Starting class with the DVD segment about Ida Applebroog allowed me to see how confusing feminism can be. The powerpoint and class discussions following the DVD, however, helped me to clear up my confusion and above all, the class as a whole proved to be extremely beneficial to me as a learner.
I enjoyed learning about the feminist movement and feminist art and how both are often misunderstood by mainstream culture. In a world where we tend to generalize and categorize, it is extremely important to understand that it is way more complex. For example, even though Applebroog doesn’t claim her art as “feminist art”, many tend to categorize it as such. All in all, it depends how you look at her art and the assumptions that you make based on your personal knowledge and beliefs. However, as we discussed, Applebroog was not trying to perpetuate feminist art, she simply wanted to be herself. (Which I feel is one of the most important things about her!)
The powerpoint about feminist art in the early years (1960’s – 1970’s) was extremely helpful for me in terms of understanding feminism in a more historical sense. Understanding what was happening in the U.S. at the time helped me to understand feminism and how the feminist movement started, as well as feminism in relation to art’s departure from modernism. Clearly, the feminist movement and art’s departure from modernism were occurring within times of extreme change, posing opportunities for everyone to experience at least some form of change. What I liked most from our lesson last Tuesday was learning that feminism is about having a choice. Simply looking at feminism as having the opportunity to have “choice”, I’m almost certain that just about everyone can relate and or support the idea of choice.