Feminist Ryan Gosling and the Visual Scream stems from our increasing frustration with the politicizing and disciplining of women and their bodies especially as a device to curry political favor and to distract from other issues.
In the past several weeks, it has become increasingly apparent that:
Politicians feel free to demonize women for having sex and justified in promoting paternalistic policies to deny them healthcare. Birth control and abortion are basic healthcare and they don’t necessitate explanations or apologies. Women are prevented from influencing these kinds of legislation and participating in the public sphere. They are publicly sex shamed for having opinions about their own bodies.
Domestic abuse is framed as a minor and excusable offense that not only can be pardoned, but later sexualized and profited from in pop culture.
Women are being raped and sexually abused in an effectively institutionally sanctioned manner and then publicly shamed not only for coming forward, but for being victims.
Single mothers are constantly harassed by policy makers and routinely subjected to humiliating public scrutiny while being stripped of the resources and social support that they need. These attacks are often race and class based.
Gender is used to deny same sex couples the opportunity to enjoy the social protections that their heterosexual counterparts enjoy and that no one, regardless of their partner’s gender (or lack of a partner for that matter), should be denied.
These things are not okay and we are tired of defending and explaining what should be assumed as basic rights.
We are also tired of how these issues, which should already be settled, are being used to deflect attention from social and economic injustices that run rampant in our culture and demand real solutions now.
This project is our attempt to confront the absurdity of our present situation.