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Spotify Lacks Female Artists + More
Spotify's Shocking Lack of Female Artists Highlighted Combatted with Misguided Move
Spotify's top playlists, both algorithmic and curated, present a shocking disparity of men over women. Baffler tracked one of the top curated playlists of 2017, RapCaviar, where in an entire month, there was only one song by a female artist represented. While efforts have been made to "equalize" the platform, their newest effort is a "Women Of" set of playlists. Baffler commented on this move as promoting the idea that "gender is genre," and their following (as well as their promotion) have been slim compared to the existing playlists.
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Latin American Women Own New Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum
123 women's work representative of 15 Latin American country will be on display for the “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985” exhibit that was curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Andrea Giunta. The exhibits hopes to highlight diverse works from women who all deserve their own exhibits, yet are generally unheard of. The 25 year time range that the exhibit focuses on contrasts "social upheaval" and "significant new approaches to art making" of this era.
Image: Untitled (Self-portrait with square) by Liliana Porter.
Amy Baer Voted New President of the Board for Women in Film
The non-profit Women in Film, founded in 1973, is shifting leadership as 8-year president Cathy Schulman will be succeeded by top studio executive Amy Baer. Baer began her career in entertainment in 1988. In 2007, she became CEO of CBS films and has now opened up her own production company, Gidden Media, whose film Mary Shelley, debuted on May 25th of this year. Baer has expressed that she understands the responsibility of the position in light of the 2018 #MeToo and Time's Up movements, and she hopes she can use her position to empower women to continue finding their voice and their power.
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Girls Art Now! by Society6
Following the rough political climate in 2016, artists expressed their feelings through art and craft making. Many of these were shared on Society6, a website that turns art into a variety of products. Members of the Society6 team felt that this change in use of their platform demanded a larger conversation. Girls Art Now!, as a result, will feature panels, an art show, live music, and comedy entertainment to serve as a day-long event to discuss the female artist in 2018. Proceeds from the event will benefit Planned Parenthood.
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Sexual Harassment and Pay Inequality Prevalent for Craftswomen in Hollywood, yet Overlooked
A new study reports on an often unconsidered element of the film industry by the public, the craft departments, and finds that gender disparity, pay inequality, and sexual harassment are prevalent in these fields. While many of these fields are female-dominated, male counterparts and typically male-dominated departments are often paid more. The study particularly looked at the typically female departments of script supervisors, production coordinators, and art department coordinators and compared them to male-dominated jobs such as first or second assistant directors.
Dark narratives. Subtitles. Savoring. Welcome to the world of photographer Sarah Bahbah's work. Featuring "troubled souls" who are "hurting internally", Bahbah's work features her signature subtitles to creative a "film-like narrative." Her latest work alludes to the sexual abuse she incurred. She hopes to "bring comfort to other women."
It’s been over a year and six months since the Brexit vote, and the UK’s impending breakaway from the European Union is still causing uproar. Fashion companies based around the UK, in particular, are concerned about the deals’ impact on their ability to hire and travel internationally, as well as import high-quality textiles from around the globe. According to a report from the Creative Industries Federation, 74% of small luxury labels—many of whom are run by or provide employment to women-- fear that Brexit will significantly harm business prospects. Adam Mansell, the executive of the UK Fashion and Textile Association, warns that, although it seems unlikely, “it is vital that we get a trade deal with zero tariffs and very simple border controls.”
28-year-old Humza Mian isn’t just a veterinary technician—he’s also a drag queen and social media influencer whose feeds are both a celebration of his South Asian heritage and of his individuality. His drag name, MangHoe Lassi, pays homage to a popular drink in India. Growing up in a religious family, Mian was taught to hide any traces of femininity, and he still isn’t out to his parents. While he wishes he could be, the reality is that coming out still is not a safe option for many people across the world. Even though laws are changing and promoting acceptance of more and more people, the social implications of such a decision can be incredibly dangerous. Mian wishes that media represented those queer folk who are proud of their identity but still have to remain closeted, unlike the many out-loud-and-proud shows like Queer Eye and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Despite this, he is happy his drag, makeup tutorials, and social media presence as a beauty influencer can create a safe space for him to be fully himself, and he hopes he can create that space for others with similar experiences.
Jessamyn Stanley, yoga instructor and body-positive advocate took to Instagram this week to talk about an issue that isn’t discussed nearly enough: chafing and the discomfort—and scars—it can result in. Stanley posted an amazingly real photo of herself on her couch in her underwear, comfortably watching television with her inner thighs bearing the scars many plus-sized women have from chafing. Within her caption, she says “Yes, there are permanent marks on my thighs from chafing, Welcome to being #fat.” What people don’t realize is that this happens to women whose thighs happen to brush together when they walk—it’s not about being what society deems as “fat.” It’s simply friction and nothing to be ashamed of.
Coming out is an important moment for many in the queer community, but what if you never technically have to come out, or you’re not sure you even have anything to come out about? Growing up, Wilson knew she liked boys, but she was confused about the feelings that girls would sometimes provoke in her. She hated herself for being confused. As a supporter of queer rights, she felt that even discussing her confusion would take away from “real queer people,” and she saw her own identity as invalid. After all, she married a man and was incredibly happy with him, so what was the point of exploring her identity even further? But one day during Pride Month, Eleanor wondered why she didn’t think her identity mattered and why she had been unhappily hiding herself. She realized that to finally feel comfortable in her own skin, she had to be honest. After coming out via social media, Eleanor couldn’t stop telling everyone she talked to; it gave her such a rush of love for herself and her unique identity. If there’s one thing Eleanor’s story can teach us, it’s that accepting yourself and showing who you are to the world takes time, bravery, and a whole lot of self-love.