quote | Helen Razer

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Feminism is not easy. The production of a truly feminist art is in particular beset with problems and not all of them have to do with the unwillingness to permit ladies’ access to nice paintbrushes  and cameras. Of course, this traditional exclusion  of women from centres of aesthetic power hasn’t helped much; when any social class is denied the means to create art, art just goes on reproducing “proofs” not only of that class’s inadequacy in its creation — women haven’t produced much art and therefore should not be considered artists — but of the legitimacy of their depiction within it. Which is to say, the function of women as passive objects for production by the (male) artist and consumption by the (male) viewer was painted in indelible oils in Renaissance Europe and it’s only just starting to crack. —Helen Razer

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