Reclaiming the body – Amanda Dobbin

This documentary enhanced the influence of feminism throughout the contemporary art era. With this, I specifically thought that the idea of women having to be categorised as “bad girls” or “good girls” was extremely interesting.

Initially throughout the documentary there was a negative connotation with women having to be “bad.” This was set out for a man’s pleasure and because of that women wanted to display that they did not have to be that. Therefore, they were misrepresented in art and felt the need to standout as independent, strong women. This is when they began creating art out of completely feminine items in exaggerated terms. For instance, the vaginal blood prints on canvas and the woman who put ink in her hair and dragged it across the canvas. Thereby, they were ultimately showing that long hair is a feminine feature as well as the vagina. As the movie progressed and reached its end, there was a huge emphasis on erotic dancing. This exact type of dancing brings forth the contemporary idea that women do not have to use their “usual” aspects of femininity in order to feel powerful. Instead, they were able to portray that through body movement and them themselves feeling good instead of making a man feel good.

Overall, this documentary opened my eyes to the different ways and ideas women try to display their strength through art.

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