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Feminist Boot Camp

Although the Philippines boasts numerous women in their government and two female presidents, the patriarchy still holds strong throughout the country. In a country where “feminist” is still treated like a dirty word, Grrrl Gang Manila, a collective inspired by 90’s Riot Grrrl groups, hopes to spread feminist ideology through art galleries, music, and most importantly, education and acceptance. The group, which is focused on embracing different views instead of ostracizing women, challenges the Philippines’ patriarchy in concrete ways that inspire real change throughout the country

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How Women Creators are Leading a TV Black Renaissance

Black women are now being seen on the forefront of television creation through shows such as Courtney Kemp's Power and Yvette Lee Bowser's Dear White People, among many others. Janine Sherman Barrois (Claws) cited the growing inclusive narratives by speaking toward emerging leaders within the industry: "There is a new generation that are emerging in the business that are saying enough is enough, we need to let every single person have the opportunity to create, to run, to direct, and to tell stories." While there is still much work towards true equality in representation, the growing Black Renaissance on TV has widened the space for truly inclusive stories and narratives which venture beyond stereotypes and into reality. 

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How the Classic Coming-of-Age Films Starring White Girls fail to Recognize Diverse Realities

Girlhood in a white surburbia has often been a central focus for Hollywood, so much so that it has cemented itself as its own genre. From Molly Ringwald's early career to The Virgin Suicides to Ladybird, films portray the same prescribed narrative which, no matter how original, consistently follow the formula. These films have been considered a safe haven for many young girls; however, it leaves little room for girls of color. The consistent exclusion of black girls in coming-of-age genre stories, as well as the repeated settings and themes, only alienating a community and pushing static racial stereotypes and ideas. 

Image: The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola, 1999)


Laurie Halse Angela Garbes Gives a New and Real Perspective of Pregnancy and Motherhood in Her New Book Like a Mother

Angel Garbes wrote Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy for anyone who wants to appreciate or understand what the true reality of motherhood and pregnancy looks like. Garbes was unhappy with the stock pregnancy books lining the shelves, particularly for their lack of personal emotion and their consistent exclusion of realities for pregnant people of color. She hopes her book adds that personal touch of true emotion, namely uncertainty, the unexpected, and the difficult, as well as providing the facts. 

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Representation Nation

Amongst the news of the Brooklyn Museum’s acquisition of a multitude of female artists’ work, the Cleveland Museum of Art has announced that, following the “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-85” touring exhibition, Emma Amos’ “Sandy and her Husband” will be placed in the museum’s contemporary galleries. The museum’s acquisition of the painting is a major deal, providing more recognition for female artists, especially those of color. Amos, a dynamic painter whose work explored African American female identity and culture, is part of the exhibit that hopes to reorient the conversation surrounding gender and art to incorporate a more inclusive narrative.  “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-85” will be on display at the Institute of Contemporary art in Boston from June 27th to September 30th. 

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Reimagining Salem’s Public Spaces

In Maria Molteni’s latest work, the artist marries both spectatorship and recreation in a mural that reimagines a traditionally male dominated space as more social and inclusive. With the help of local children, Molteni designed the mural, titled “Storming the Court”, currently decorating a basketball court in Salem, MA. According to her, the purpose of feminism is to allow for the acceptance of marginalized groups in all sectors, opening up a space for those groups to feel comfortable and accepted. For Molteni, art isn’t just meant to be viewed, but to be interacted with in a way that allows for community bonding and the breaking down of sociocultural barriers.  “Storming the Court” is a part of the Punto Urban Art Museum’s collection of murals across Salem, MA and can be seen at the basketball court on Ward Street.

Image: Greg Cook