I attended a twitter chat recently and met some incredible women there. One of the take aways for me was the concept of "practicing feminism."
I have been walking around living the question, "How am I practicing feminism today?" It has helped me consciously create opportunities to talk about equality of women in literary history or anything simple that is walking the walk of feminism and not just talking about it.
I have enjoyed it so much - and then I realized something that made me even more excited to practice feminism in a tangible way.
For the past fourteen or fifteen months I have been working on a body of work called “Women’s Sphere.” Each work of art focuses on images and language about women’s roles and how women’s lives have been played out across the last few centuries. I share images and language illustrating how things have changed and how things are still so similar to the way they were hundreds of years in the past.
When my daughter had a tea party for her fifteenth birthday, I gave a little speech about for centuries women have gathered and used tea as their “reason for gathering” but in small groups like this, women learned, contributed to politics and business, eduction, human rights and more. Mostly they gained power and built power between women.
I had made such an effort to make it an ultra-feminine day.
I realized some people might not have gotten the woman – power – feminism I was teaching these high school aged girls who had donned gloves and hats and pretty dresses . One young woman came dressed with a dress shirt,pants and tie in a more masculine look which everyone welcomed, too.
I was reminded through Emma's tea party that my Women’s Sphere pieces were primarily lamenting some of the “cultural expectations” of women and seemed to downplay some of the glorious aspects of being a woman.
The stereotype is men get together to watch football games. They scratch themselves, burp, tell stupid jokes and share stories of sexual prowess.
The stereotype for women is we sit and gossip and talk about fashion and glitz and glamour and who is looking better and who has the better boyfriend or husband.
I was never into the whole glitz and glamour scene or the gossip scene, but I have always loved very pretty, conventionally “girly” things, so why should I assume these are not “Women’s Sphere?” objects to create?
I changed that this past weekend when I started taking my painted papers and crafting them into flowers. I am having FAR too much fun and after another evening at play, I have come up with some “second generation” flowers.
You’ll have to watch here as they develop. I figure they will make a reasonably priced piece of art for women (and men!) to purchase that will introduce them to the concept behind Women’s Sphere as well as share about the papers that have been repurposed and the woman represented in each particular flower.
It doesn’t get much more fun than this.
What do you think of my Women’s Sphere flowers?
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Julie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She is also an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield.
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