You are here

Share Share Share Share Share Share Share

Art

All Dress Is Feminist, No Dress Is Feminist

Recently I found myself bombarded by a series of conflicting articles, all telling women how they should dress. Strangely, for articles that seek to police women’s behavior, each one claims that its dress prescription is the only way women can be respected from a feminist perspective. 

The Catwalk Or The Cafeteria?

Imagine it’s the first week of September. In New York City that means two things: school is starting, and midtown Manhattan is filling up with fashionistas and papparazzi; it’s Fashion Week. 

Best Dressed Most Stressed

I used to wear tie-dye. A lot of it. I also used to wear awkward length skirts, brightly colored shirts, and sparkly jewelry. It was a middle school phase; everyone is entitled to one. But it was also more than a phase. It was the time before I cared what people thought of me. 

On Gender Expression, Elementary School Fashion Rebellion, And Ill-Fitted Polo Shirts

It is a general truism that in a society which prioritizes one’s physical appearance over one’s personality, dressing outside of the established norm is often a form of social self-ruin. It is also a general truism that the delicate ecosystem of Jewish private school isn’t the place most conducive to experimentation with gender expression through clothing. 

Noam Green as a Child

noam.png

Author Noam Green photographed as a young child.

Rights
JWA use only on jwa.org

Author Noam Green photographed as a young child.

Related content:

Bravery In Negatives And Movement: Lotte Jacobi

Art as a form of healing. Art as a form of escape. Art as a form of human connection, or livelihood, or emotional fulfillment. Art as everything that you need it to be. 

"Lotte Lenya" and Delaney Hoffman's Photo

delaneyjpeg.jpeg
Left: Lotte Jacobi's photo, "Lotte Lenya" Right: Author Delaney Hoffman's photo of a friend.
Rights
JWA use only on jwa.org

Left: Lotte Jacobi's photo, "Lotte Lenya" Right: Author Delaney Hoffman's photo of a friend.

Related content:

Artists For A Cause

While my Jewish views are different from Helène’s, she and I have similar artistic views. Just like Helène, I think art can be utilized as a powerful weapon to fight various forms of oppression and injustice. I believe that art ought to be used more often in the everlasting fight for gender equality. 

"My Life on the Road" by Gloria Steinem Book Cover, 2015

9780679456209-1.jpg

The cover of My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem (Random House, 2015).

Title spread photography by Marianne Barcellona.

The cover of My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem (Random House, 2015).

Title spread photography by Marianne Barcellona.

Related content:

Roz Chast with her Book, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

la-la-ca-0425-roz-chast-054-jpg-20140430.jpg
Roz Chast with her memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Rights
Creative Commons (attribution non-commercial share alike)

Roz Chast with her memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Pages

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Art." (Viewed on February 11, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/art>.

Donate

Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

Sign Up for JWA eNews

 

Discover Education Programs

Join our growing community of educators.

view programs