Yesterday evening our institution had the oppurtunity to meet artist/female activist, Linda Stein.
She is more known for her perculiar sculptures that depict a woman's torso that are shaped like that of a knight.
Some of the sculptures are adorned with the most powerful super hero of all: Wonder Woman.
I know many of you may feel that Wonder Woman is a sexually clad woman in a bathing suit. NO, clearly Linda's talks of WW as the super hero who makes "The Fluidity of Gender" mind and personality changing.
She began her talk with a short story of having to become "more feminine" while playing tennis against a male competitor.
Women often do this, she said. Women want a male to feel great about playing the role of a masculine hero.
Geez, I never thought adolescence in this way, until I look back on my life.
That time I pretended to dumb myself down so that my crush like me more.
I learned that if women take stands, for what ever little they feel humiliated, could help women gain some justice sooner rrather than later.
She was also featured in Borat, where she felt disrespected and humilated for something she was so passionate about. The education of women and the learning process to help them overcome such trivial matters like the "glass ceiling."
Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AMjRorfBag
She advocated that bullying is also form of playing genders. We are mean to others in a effort to feel powerful. To feel powerful is masculine in nature. Women, she said, always want to feel in control of situations they are not at all powerful in and the only way, she says, women are able to become powerful is through bullying someone else.
Her artwork is breathetaking.