As a woman, modern love impacts (in some way or another) my notions and experience of self-love, independence and sexuality for both myself, and other incredible female/feminist friends in my life.
Simply put, I see “modern love” as something very hectic and fast-paced, with traces of unaccountability (I can admit to being on both sides of that behavior). Self-love is basically a permanent life goal for me. With the freedom to be however/whoever we want, the challenge is then finding one’s place in the proverbial modern sun, and how we allow society to influence our standards and ideas of sexuality/self worth etc.
I think there is general social acceptance/expectance of sexualized behaviours/demeanours with woman which obviously is fine when you make the choice to participate, but becomes kind of problematic when you just don’t want to play it like that.
I think modern love is both skewing and enabling my notions of self-love, independence and sexuality in many facets of my life #modernlove #modernlife #modernstruggle.
There are so many incredible female artists out there. Perhaps, other emerging female artists can relate to the fact that living in a male-dominated art world creates a necessity to step out of familiar roles.
For me personally, I tend to politely word my calls for submissions, I ask for my needs to be met during gallery installs, and I tend to ask for permission for things—women need to just stand up and state their needs. Don’t ASK, TELL. I mean, that’s scary as hell but how else can we compete with what’s generally considered a male trait?
There’s a lot of hate out there (mostly cowardly online anonymous hate), so to give female creatives safe-spaces to share and contribute dialogue (and create a space for constructive criticism) around their work is an acknowledgement of an outstanding gender imbalance.