When asked to pick evocative objects to photograph, I assumed it would not be easy. Sexism is an idea and is difficult to portray physically. But, the more I dug into my topic, the more I realized everyday objects can be seen as having a sexist or feminist meaning or background. Sexism is found everyday and it was not difficult to find items to symbolize and portray this. Below are just a few of the objects I photographed and simply one of many objects found in everyday life.
Not only is Blurred Lines a very catchy song, it is also very controversial and demeaning. It covers a topic that has been debated for years: does “no” always mean “no”? Although the answer to this question is always “yes”, many people do not agree on this; they believe “no” could sometimes mean “yes”. This is a philosophy not only applied to when women say “no”, but men as well. Feminism fights for the equality and rights for all genders. This line represents the definiteness of the answer “no”.
Females were blessed with the gift of having period a very, very long time ago. As Lily Allen sings, “periods, we all get periods, every month, that’s what the theory is. It’s human nature, another cycle”. But, women are punished in all but 10 states for something that is simply “human nature”. This tax on periods that 40 states are enforcing could cost women almost $2,000 in their lifetime on top of the $61 a year the average woman spends on tampons or pads. The tax exists because tampons are considered a non-necessity. But, every woman knows feminine products are 150% necessary.
Billy Joel sings, “I don’t need you to worry for me cause I’m alright, I don’t want you to tell me it’s time to come home, I don’t care what you say anymore, this is my life, Go ahead with your own life and leave me alone”. Keys are a metaphor for not only women but for all people to drive their own lives because it is solely theirs.
Many people have asked why there are so many birth control options for woman and basically only one for men. Why can’t men share the burden of contraception? On the other hand, birth control frees women from worrying about what many men do not worry about: an accidental pregnancy. It is both constraining and liberating simultaneously.
Although a woman would not normally be immediately thought of when asked to pick an object, feminists are fighting for the cease of the objectification of woman. It is not solely sexualizing women in pictures and in person; objectification also includes encouraging women to lose weight to look more appealing, creating only 12%-15% of major movies about females, and declaring women “a complete mystery to men” among other things.
Joan Jett once said, “Other people will call me a rebel, but I just feel like I’m living my life and doing what I want to do. Sometimes people call that rebellion, especially when you’re a woman”. Simply because a woman may dress differently than other women, does not mean she is asking for anything more or different than her fellow women.