It was a great pleasure for Guerrilla Girls BroadBand to participate at this year's annual New York Art Book Fair. Taking place at the MOMA center at P.S. 1 in Long Island City, New York, the Art Book Fair brought together some of the most ingenious artists and activists on the current scene. As one of the participating Guerrilla Girls, I had a chance to engulf myself in the "ooohs" and "ahhs" escaping the mouths of the spectators at the remarkable exhibitions and items put on display.
Sometimes, conceptualizing feminist terms can be difficult! I read an article called, "Anti-Essentialism and Intersectionality: Tools to Dismantle the Master's House" by Trina Grillo which spoke volumes to me and helped me understand some unfamiliar concepts.
In the past few years, female students across college campuses nationwide have adopted the custom of transforming slurs and derogatory terms for women into terms of endearment. "I love you, bitch!" and "I love you, slut!" re increasingly flung around campus between women. You can overhear it in conversations, read them in Blackberry messages, posted on Facebook walls, and even shouted in passing at your local Thursday night dorm party.
The term "glass ceiling" refers to the invisible barriers, real or perceived, which limit the progression of women in the workforce. It poses a serious threat and offers many disadvantages to women. This is an intense form of discrimination. Taken literally, the metaphor of the "glass ceiling" implies the existence of an impermeable barrier that blocks the vertical mobility of women. Below this barrier, women are promoted, but beyond this barrier they simply are not.
It seems to me that the Abortion Changes You campaign on the subways might be over. Meanwhile, there are a plethora of these posters now: