PRINT January 2004



No Movement

To the Editor:

The need for a retrospective look at feminist art [“Feminism & Art: Nine Views,” October 2003] is in itself debatable: It seems premature to “look back” when little real progress has been made. In the ’70s, women used their bodies in their artwork as a way to “own” their sexuality and take it back from the realm of male fantasy. While the body can be a powerful tool of personal expression, sex always sells. Outside the context of the original feminist movement, the use of the body can now sometimes seem, intentionally or not, like a marketing device for the work.

At its most didactic, feminist art alienates the male portion of its audience; but when it entices, it’s at women’s expense. Perhaps people are no longer interested in feminist art and discourse because in thirty years of existence it has been unable to change its focus and approach.

—Mindy Kaplan

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