Throughout the history of art human form, female nude is always a muse for artists. Sandro Botticelli depicted the goddess Venus in Birth of Venus and Titian created the standard for representations of the reclining female nude, Venus of Urbino in 1538. The both works have their own beauty, but there are always differences to allow each painting to stand on its own. There are special aspects on Rembrandt’s interpretation on Bathsheba Reading King David's Letter such as the nude’s gesture, emotions, composition and background will be discussed in this paper to analyze what did this painting reveal about the role of nude in the 17th century. Rembrandt van Rijn was born on July 15,1606, in Leyden, Netherlands.
Each of her poems are crafted around the normality of women and the tragic role that commodity plays within the history of women. The issue of objectification and rejection is addressed and carefully illustrated within her work. For example her poem entitled “Crow’s Sugar”speaks of the commodification of women through the issue of virtue and how it is seen in the eyes of men. Within her poem she states the following “The other boy said you wasn’t worth your salt if you wasn’t tasting me, I hid my virginity underneath my shirt” (Lines 20-21). Virginity and sex with a woman is not seen as a privilege it is seen as a right, to be taken and conquered rather than praised and appreciated.
In her piece, Schneemann covered her naked body with paint, mounted a table, posed as a figure model, and extracted a long coil of paper from her vagina. As she read the text written on the paper, she suggested the act of claiming the positon as the intellectual creator. Through her pose and the extraction of the text, she suggested the act of motherhood and implied an assimilation of birth; both of which aid in the suggestion womanhood and creation. From the paper, she read feminist works that reclaimed women’s roles and bodily functions. Schneemann meant for the action and text to lift the taboo of the vagina and celebrate the female nude rather than it be fetishized.
During the 1900s, even after the civil rights movement passed, women continued to be objectified and dismissed. Socially, women were projected as the idealistic housewife, and were given unrealistic beauty standards. Views of women were conflicting, because in the media women could be sexualized, but could not openly talk about sex or have complete authority over their bodies. However, during the 1960s and 1970s, female artists fought to reclaim their bodies and dismiss these sexist ideas. One way women took authority over their bodies was by challenging stereotypes through performance art.
A Feminist Critique Feminine criticism is an aspect of gender criticism. Gender criticism “examines how sexual identity influences the creation, interpretation, and evaluation of literary works.” “The Yellow Wallflower” is a feminist critique of gender in society. In this story in particular, it is demonstrated through symbols. The wallpaper is one symbol that was used. “I kept still and watched the moonlight on that undulating wallpaper till I felt creepy… the faint figure behind seemed to shake the paper, just as if she wanted to get out” (Gilman).
In the reading, What Has Happened Here by Elsa Brown, the author argues about how racial backgrounds are ignored in society. Furthermore, Brown also scrutinize how in feminist movements there are differences between black and white women. What I most found interesting from the text was the sexual harassment case Brown talked about and how Anita’s Hill race was not prevalent in case, for example, Brown stated “When Prof. Hill testified, a number of women rallied to support her…however (they) ignored the fact that she is a Black women, the thirteenth child of Oklahoma farmers, or treated these as merely descriptive or incidental matters” (302). In addition, the media also did not take into account her racial background because in the papers they
The same in A Warrior 's Daughter by Zitkala-Sa’s who focused on the descriptions of nature and how freedom or courage isn 't too natural among women of Native American tribes. From the tale, we can infer that the woman that experiencing life in a Native American tribe is completely different from that of a man. Their functions and responsibilities in life are completely different as told in the description from all the memoirs that we have read.The same in A Warrior 's Daughter by Zitkala-Sa’s who focused on the descriptions of nature and how freedom or courage isn 't too natural among women of Native American tribes. From the tale, we can infer that the woman that experiencing life in a Native American tribe is completely different from
Not only does she deal with pain, but she also deals with self image. She's constantly looking at herself through her self portraits. 4. Chadwick states: "...Kahlo's The Broken Column (1944)... reinforces the woman artist's use of the mirror to assert the duality of being, the self as observer and observed. ... Kahlo used painting as a means of exploring the reality of her own body as her consciousness of its vulnerability; in many cases the reality dissolves into a duality, exterior evidence versus interior perception of that reality."
In this painting, Olympia is lying naked on a bed as a dark-skinned, fully clothed servant approaches with an armful of flowers. Here, the woman once again seems very confident in her nudity, posing in what could be construed as a casual manner, her entire upper body completely uncovered. Her hand discretely covers her lower private area, but in way that does not seem purposeful. Like the woman at the picnic, Olympia stares out at the viewer with a gaze that could be described as challenging, or provocative. Other small details further give the impression of a painting of a prostitute, from the orchid in hair to the jewelry and fine linen surrounding her.
When the Salem Witch Trials were going on, women were accused of being witches for any reason except witchcraft (Ardagh). Women were generally accused of being witches if they looked different or went out at night alone (Ardagh). Sexton also makes use of metaphors in her poem. The entire witch allusion represents any woman who does not fit into society (Shmoop). Sexton helps allude to this by saying, “lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.
Their experiences with slavery helped black women to redefine womanhood. Harriet Tubman, a leader in the Underground Railroad and a strong female role model, successfully crossed the Mason-Dixon line into freedom in 1849. After Tubman arrived in Pennsylvania, she decided that she had no right to freedom while others were in bondage and resolved to bring her family North. When she arrived at her former master’s plantation, she discovered that her husband had taken another wife and devoted herself to the cause of the Underground Railroad. The independence and leadership she demonstrated was contrary to the view of women at the time.