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F is for Fake: The construction of femaleness by the US media
  • Jen Kennedy
  • Liz Linden
Organized by Amanda Parmer

May 1 – 29, 2011
Opening Reception: May 1st, 6-8pm

It is ironic that today, Feminism, for many men and women, is an issue of the past. In the United States, there is a vague and diffuse sense of equality; that women have the same rights as men, that women earn the same amount (though women are still paid, on average, only 78 percent of what men are paid and the gap is significantly wider for women of color) and that women have equal access to the same jobs (although the Equal Rights Amendment of 1923 is yet to be passed). Politically motivated and propped up by the mass media, stereotypical views of what constitutes the female have become more fragmented, but the ideal has not strayed from the incarnations of the 1960s and 70s that originally spurred the feminist movement. Currently, Feminism’s message has been usurped by the media, shifting the landscape so that where we once had a clear adversary (an inside/outside perspective) this boundary has now been blurred. The tools we had used to speak out, and speak up against constructed female roles, have become false allies and are now being used against us or purportedly in tandem with us. The exhibition includes contemporary projects that look at specific historical representations of women in the media from 1929 and 1975; videos made in the 1980s that take up a similar set of inquires but with media representations contemporaneous with the making of the works themselves; and a publishing project that asks visitors to examine these questions in the present moment.

Artists: Becca Albee, Joan Braderman, Emma Hedditch with Laura Mulvey, Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden, Paper Tiger Television, Elayne Rapping, and Martha Rosler
Publication Date
May 8, 2011
Citation Information
Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden. "F is for Fake: The construction of femaleness by the US media" (2011)
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