Archive | March 2013

Society and Sex Roles – Ernestine Friedl

Ive been reading a some chapters from Human Nature (i think its called that) but its about society and sex roles specifically in hunting and gathering groups such as tribes and eskimos etc and she looks at how within these groups of people, they still have this idea of men being the more dominant sex despite lacking the knowledge and ideologies of todays culture and discourses on male and female genders within society. She looks into why this happens and why men are still seen as leaders, basically its because men are the hunter and provider and women are seen as subordinates because they survive of the mens catch and they can only make things such as clothing or rugs (from the caught animal) because the man had caught it (so women couldn’t survive without men) she looks at some groups that are more egalitarian such as the Washo’s who are more equal because men and women lead a more separated life and women do hunt and kill and provide, they can also marry a man of their choice, inlike eskimo’s which are kind of like gypsy with the whole “grabbing” to select your wife. 

So she then concludes by saying that because of all these studies, men and women are shaped by a culturally defined division of labour based on sex, and that we still have some similar views in some ways today (not so much in this county)  because it is a result of biological inheritance. 

So, do you think that we are following a kind of tradition in views toward men and women? And are women still shadowed by men? Why?  

Rachael Ellis


Horrendous hounding of transgender teacher

Horrendous hounding of transgender teacher

Very interesting article which raises a lot of questions about transgender. Why is everybody so obsessed with other people’s gender and labelling people, like Victorian circus freaks?

“it’s probably best not to make assumptions about women’s lives in the past based solely on the evidence from a social elite.” Jill Burke. this is a really interesting post about the difficulties of judging people retrospectively especially when it comes to gender and class. we only have evidence today that hasn’t been destroyed and it is impossible to know if we have the full picture or not. plus their was no freedom of information act in the Renascence so we cannot know if the picture passed on to us of that period of time is necessarily all the information or even true.

however we can gain a picture of what those in charge at the time desired gender roles to be weather they were or not. i think its very interesting that most of Michale Angelo’s women were based on men causes people to think he was gay despite the fact that i haven’t seen any other evidence of this. just another example of why sweeping statements and rash judgements of the past can give us the wrong idea about a period of time.


Jill Burke's Blog

Michelangelo NightWhen I give a talk, or run a class that includes work by Michelangelo, generally at some point someone will suggest that Michelangelo’s female figures look like “men with breasts”. I have to admit, that I sometimes deliberately task students with describing a picture of Michelangelo’s Night (right) just so I can elicit this reaction – it’s a really useful starting point for discussing ideas about what we expect men and women’s bodies to look like, whether renaissance art is naturalistic, differing ideals of beauty and so on. Because this has happened so frequently, my title for yesterday’s masterclass at Glasgow uni was “Men With Breasts: Michelangelo’s Female Nudes and the Historical Context for Body Image”.

An explanation that people often given for the Michelangelo men-with-breasts phenomenon – which we should properly call the aesthetic of androgyny – is that they couldn’t get female nude models in the Renaissance, so…

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this post may be relavant but i havnt had time to read all of it because i really need to get on with my animation. their is a link to annother blog that may be worth reading too.
oz. (james)

Melissa Huang: Musings on Art and Gender

Sorry for the unintended hiatus readers! This quarter has been a busy one (I’ll post some of my paintings as well as a paper shortly). However! I’ve recently entered a long period of free time (Fitting a semester of study abroad into my university’s quarter system is not ideal) and posts should be up on a more frequent basis.

For now, I’d like to suggest reading Museum 2.0’s article on the gender imbalance in art museums. This is an incredible blog and a fascinating subject, so definitely check it out!

Quick summary of the article: women usually make up the majority of art museum staff. Is this a problem?

In my opinion, no. Well, it is a problem, but not for the reasons you may suspect. While there are some who view women-dominated industries to be just as problematic as ones dominated by men, they’re not. For one, there…

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The purpose of this blog is to explore the different aspects of gender affected by today’s society, focusing more specifically on gender in the areas of creative arts. We will explore what a persons gender consists of and we will also be looking in to the way society as a whole and the way that particular individuals view gender, and theorists who have studied the subject of gender, including feminism. We will conduct research in to already existing manifestos and research articles and other published works and discuss further giving our views and opinions and drawing connections between these views and the effects they have had on society.

Sigmund Freud is one of many philosophers and theorists we will be looking in to, as well as the way artists have represented gender in their works.

I’m neither one…

I’m neither one thing nor the other particularly, I am a person before I am anything else …
Edward Gorey