This is my new handbag. I love my new handbag, and this is how I show it! The picture didn’t come out the way I wanted it to, but I worked really hard on it so it’s staying that way.
And what’s the best thing about my new handbag? That it’s glamorously fashionable and that it automatically makes me look more glamorously fashionable? Well, yeah, that too. But it’s also the fact that it costed me zero moneys. I found it on the street, and though it’s second hand, it is practically brand new. It’s awesome. It’s one of the few advantages of living in the rich west: people throw away almost as much stuff as they buy.
I hear you saying, “Ok, you got your nice handbag for free, but what is it to me?”. Well, hold on, because there is more to come.
See, the purpose of this post is not (only) to show you my awesome handbag. I also wanted to give you a taste of the stuff I like. Why? Because it’s been suggested more than once on this blog that I am somehow anti-feminine. Which couldn’t be further from the truth. And not only because I like the colour pink so much it’s almost pathological. (Though you wouldn’t know that from looking at this blog, aye? It’s been a challenge, but I have managed to restrain myself from putting pink anywhere on this blog’s appearance.) Sure, you will hear me complain about the imposition of feminine values on women and about how those values play out in patriarchy. But I don’t believe I have once said anything about women’s personal choices as to how to be like within the “feminine framework”. It would just be beating around the bush, reducing social problems down to “women’s choices”, which always sucks. Women are not “free”, and so “choices” are irrelevant.
Now, onto the second purpose of this post. I want to put my drawing/illustrating/(f)artistic skills to work in pro of the feminist movement and so I’m offering them to all of you. Do you want a picture for your blog header, background, heading, important post? Do you know of some artwork needed for a poster, leaflet, etc for some women’s organization? Some feminist publication which could use some (f)art for an article? Contact me at beyondfeminism at gmail dot com! If you want to have a look at my work in this blog, it’s all inside the “Artsy Fartsy” category. And there’s a couple more (non feministically oriented) things in my flickr page.
In case you wonder why I’m doing this, aside from the obvious wish to help fellow women folk; I need to build up a portfolio and I could use the experience of working for someone else.
So, go ahead and send you (f)artistic requests my way!
Note: the work doesn’t have to be feminist based per se; it can also be leftist, and all those goody two shoe things.
Note 2: in case I haven’t made this clear enough, I am doing this for free. For the “love of art”, as we say where I come from.