With November a little over three months away, media interest in the families of the presidential candidates have peaked. Ivanka Trump recently did an exposé with Harper's Bazaar where she talked about what it is like being a part of the Trump empire, her family, what her role will be if her father becomes president and Feminism.
Check out the live feed of Ivanka's initiative #WomenWhoWork
Over the weekend a girlfriend of mine sent me this article, Glamour Exclusive: President Barack Obama, "This is What a Feminist Looks Like" and serendipitously this afternoon I read an article about author Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche from Time, "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Feminism and Motherhood Aren’t ‘Mutually Exclusive.’"
What I found interesting was just the two different approaches each article had about parenting and Feminism. Gender ideologies playing out? Not sure just yet. But makes me want to do some further research on how the media approaches Mothers and Fathers.
Last week, NPR's Goats and Soda's asked, "What does it mean to be a feminist in different countries around the world?" People were asked to tweet in their response with the #FeminismInmyCountry.
My field of study being in the Liberal Arts, for the longest time I was trapped in this bubble. And in this bubble it was understood what this word meant, that individuals proudly embraced this label and it was a rare occasion you would come across individuals who thought "Feminism" was a bad word. Being so immersed in that privileged sphere allowed me to not only freely discuss but to debate with peers and colleagues about issues surrounding gender disparity. But beyond this bubble, talking about controversial topics such as gender, race, class, etc. generally people have discomfort sharing.
With the goal of my work ultimately to open a Feminist discourse with my participants, first and foremost I need to create spaces that comfortably shift my audience's role from spectators to participants. Creating that engagement is always challenging; as an added obstacle, I want my work to function beyond the confines of liberal arts, academia and the white cube, therefore I am always concerned with the environments I create. For me, what it comes down to are all the small details. The careful curation of space, objects and language are the backbones of creating safe spaces for discussion. That being said, for me a maker of success is when I have a varied degree of response from participants.
Which brings me back to Soda and Goats initial inquiry. In the lawlessness of the twittersphere, it is amazing the varied response that were tweeted. Embedded below is a live feed for their #FeminismInmyCountry which varies from the curated selection presented in their article.
Although its a challenge, at times it is necessary to marathon some art. Two weekends ago stars aligned and I had a three day marathon of amazing art events.
The first stop on my art filled weekend is the closing reception for Border Cantos - Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo at the San Jose Museum of Art. I was fortunate enough to see Guillermo perform earlier this summer, in a far more intimate setting I might add, because the performance for the closing of the show was well attended. Standing room only!
Friday night my girl friends and I found ourselves in the Saratoga Mountains at the Montalvo Arts Center for their #5hourscuplturepopup. It was a night of food trucks, live music, art performances and installation art through out the grounds.
I cannot say it enough, but when ever I come out for one of their events, I have a blast. A night filled with interactive art, performance from spoken word to dance, musical performances all night and amazing food and drinks.
I am still swaying my hips to some of the amazing musical performances from that night. And in particular the closers for the evening, Zakiya Harris and Elephantine.
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