SOMEONE PLEASE STOP WHITE MEN
Right I’m sorry I got too pissed off by this so
thE FEDORA/TRILB Y I AM LAUGHFIN
Ok but just because he’s a white man does NOT mean all white men are to blame. Plenty of white men are feminists, plenty of black men are sexist bigots. Robin Thicke is not responsible for an entire race or gender. We hate when people generalise all girls, let’s not generalise all menand there it is folks. remember, you are never allowed to criticize anything a white man does ever because then every single white man will become personally offended and have you save his feelings by making you clarify that ok, fine, EVERY SINGLE WHITE MAN doesnt do this. if you dont, they might feel like this issue actually effects them. they dont like it when issues that dont idolize the white man involve the white man. and look at his facts! you cant be mad at white men because “plenty of black men are sexist bigots” too. damn, throwin some cold statistics. whats your source? fear of having to recognize a problem? with a dash of racism? just because something is a common issue doesnt mean you awful feminist ladies have to approach it in such a non-apologetic way! jeez, think of all the white men feelings youre hurting!
Three Versions of Judith Beheading Holofernes:
Valentine de Boulogne (1591-1632)
Artemisia Genitileschi (1593-1653)
Oh this is fun. The first two were painted by men, the third one was painted by a woman. Now look at whose face in the paintings holds the most emotion.
I love how hers is the only one that couldn’t easily replace Holofernes with a fresh loaf of bread.
Artemesia Gentileshi was such a bamf you guys. I should note Artemesia drew HERSELF as Judith and the guy who raped her as Holofernes. She took that guy to court even though it was social suicide and she GOT TORTURED WITH THUMBSCREWS during the trial to see if she was “telling the truth” but she never gave in. It was revealed the dude had been plotting to murder his wife and all sorts of other stuff, but he still got off with one year and never served his time
It’s also worth noting another couple differences in the painting.
In the males painting the older women looks cronish and villianess, she looks manipulative as she watches the younger women take action, like she’s goading her on. Except in the third where she is represented as an older woman but FAR more human natural (particularly in contrast with the second where she looks almost demonic!)
Meanwhile Judith is painted in attractive (almost formal in the second) clothes, young and beautiful and in a way that disconnects her totally from the brutality of what she is doing. Their faces lack an expression of rage or righteous justice. The first looks almost conflicted and confused while the second lacks any expression at all. However in the third both women share the same look of reserved determination. Not enjoying what they are doing but understanding the necessity, though almost, almost you can see hate. The women stand and fight together, as partners towards one unified goal.
In the male painters paintings the women appear docile, the sword seems out of place and foreign. The male painters didn’t seem to understand how women could have the capacity or desire to kill. The female painted did.
And I think the most poinyent difference, look at Holofernes reaction in the paintings. When drawn by men his is still alive, suddenly awoken and caught by surprise with the knife already in his throat. He reaches out and away in very stylized fashion in the second one. Unrealistic, dramatic. He looks shocked, they caught him with his pants down. They cheated. The only way they thought a woman could beat a man.
However there’s a sharp difference in the third. In this one hid right hand is already up towards his attacker, defending and striking out at her while the second has been restrained, both by the women on top holding him and by the sword Judith is holding. In this painting he awoke, he grabbed at his attackers and was retrained by the women working in unison, while one leap on top of the bed to hold his hands away Judith seized him by the side of his head used her weight to shove it down and hoisted her other arm around to slit his throat. His eyes roll back , his mouth is a gape. Holofernes fought. Holofernes was defeated. Holofernes is dead.
In the first two painting are of a woman slaying a man, the last are of two women beating a man.
Her face in the first one is like “wait did I leave the oven on?”
Also compare the hair holds in each of the three paintings. It is as though the men are telling a story they do not believe.
Not necessarily disagreeing with the rest of the commentary, but I can see interpreting the woman in the second painting as being so desensitized to that level of violence as a result of what had been done to her that beheading the man who made her that way is honestly no less mundane than chopping up some vegetables. A calm, collected demeanor does not necessarily mean she was any farther removed from the act than the woman portrayed in the last painting.
OH MY GOSH ARTEMESIA GENTILESHI WAS THE BEST. We talked about these paintings CONSTANTLY in art class. LOVE TUMBLR.
“There’s a poisonous double standard in our society which says that it’s reverse-sexist and wrong for women to feel threatened by creepy-awkward male behaviour because our fear implies that we hold the negative, stereotypical view that All Men Are Predators, but that if we’re raped or sexually assaulted by any man with whom we’ve had prior social interaction – and particularly if he’s expressed some sexual or romantic interest in us during that time – it’s reasonable for observers to ask what precautions we took to prevent the assault from happening, or to suggest that we maybe led the guy on by not stating our feelings plainly. The result is a situation where women are punished if we reject, avoid or identify creepy men, and then told it’s our fault if we’re assaulted by someone we plainly ought to have rejected, avoided, identified.”
“We are the girls with anxiety disorders, filled appointment books, five-year plans. We take ourselves very, very seriously. We are the peacemakers, the do-gooders, the givers, the savers. We are on time, overly prepared, well read, and witty, intellectually curious, always moving … We pride ourselves on getting as little sleep as possible and thrive on self-deprivation. We drink coffee, a lot of it. We are on birth control, Prozac, and multivitamins … We are relentless, judgmental with ourselves, and forgiving to others. We never want to be as passive-aggressive are our mothers, never want to marry men as uninspired as our fathers … We are the daughters of the feminists who said, “You can be anything,” and we heard, “You have to be everything.”