FOURTH WAVE FEMINISM: LIORA K/THE FEMINIST PHOTOS


I suggest that you stop what you're doing and pay attention to this really important thing I have to say.
It's just a suggestion, but I think you should take it. Right now. Just kidding. Not really.

I'm about to tell you something that no one has ever been told before.
Something that afterward, you can say "Oh yeah, I heard that a long time ago..."

 I know this artist and advocate named Liora. She has more passion and creativity in her shutter pressing finger than most people could dream of having in their life. She is about to change the world, one woman at a time so here is the really important thing I was going to tell you:

 Liora is the iconoclast of fourth wave feminism.

And in case you were wondering, the reason you can't find an article on "fourth wave feminism" on Wikipedia is because this is. Just. The. Beginning. We are in at the ground floor folks. If you are one that scoffs at the concept of feminist waves, skip to the bottom because I'm about to get all wave-y and shit on you. The first wave in the 19th century became a force to be reckoned with, focusing on voting rights/suffrage (though there were veins of economic equality and women's health care too). The second wave lasted 3 decades (arguable) and has two memorable surges: the "burn the bra" liberation movement in the 60's and the "Riot Grrrl" punk rock act of the 90's.  The third wave apparently started directly after that and honed in on eradicating any one "definition" of femininity and other micro-politics. Of course history is never cut and dry, so these distinctions between the "waves" are messy and hard to allocate. Some even argue that the third wave intermingles and co-exists with the second wave OR that the Riot Grrrl act was the beginning of the third... blah blah blah.
Irrelevant.
The fact of the matter is that behind every "revolt" was a current of rebellion cultured inside of oppression so extreme that the women simply couldn't be silenced any longer. It was the frightening and absolute demand of freedom that started each uproar.

This brings us back to today, the here and now. Male-centric politics and body policing has gotten so infuriating and appalling that the pendulum has swung back more than half a century. Not only are we are dealing with the shit that was should have been resolved when my great grandma was alive, but it's getting worse. This is a bona fide uproar, ladies. This is is an absolute demand for equality. This is a moeffin' WAVE.

You still with me? Okay, good. So what can you do? Seriously, what does anyone do when it comes to something so insurmountable and deeply ingrained at a constitutional level?

Good news; quite a bit actually! Have you tried sending a vagina card? Are you registered to vote this November?  Have you raised the collective consciousness by talking about these issues with the people around you? If no one is around you to converse appropriately, have you used the internet as a possible tool for discussion and change? Have you read other articles and blogs written for women interested in change (there are so many good ones)? Have you used your niche in creativity (however diverse that may be) to express your feelings to others? I might suggest you try a few of these suggestions and see where it takes you... I haaaaaaaaaaaaaave a feeling you'll be wanting more.





I also have another proposal: Watch Liora's video and see if it stirs anything inside of you.

I donated my boobs and belly to the cause, and I plan on supporting her through every step simply because I believe in the ripples that this project will create. 
Ripples create waves, and waves will ultimately change the landscape. 
Every time.

We all have our conquests, and this one speaks profoundly to my insides. 
This us what feels whole to me, this is what feels like home. 
I wish that this fight didn't have to be fought, but since it does... I'm fucking in.

11 comments

  1. omg you made me cry in a good way. :'-)

    i'll do my best to do you proud!

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    1. Dear most amazing woman in the world,
      You have already made me proud, so you cannot fail.

      xoxoxo

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  2. I don't really understand how taking mostly naked pictures changes anything. In fact, it seems like women using their bodies to get attention is hardly new or revolutionary. Just sayin'.

    And I honestly have a problem with all of this "war on women" thing. I feel like if women spent less time justifying their selfish actions (like having sex whenever they feel like it and not wanting to accept the consequences), and spent more time focused on building strong families, a lot of society's problems would solve themselves. And what greater influence and legacy is there than to raise children who are kind, selfless, and contribute positively to society? This women's movement is so focused on the immediate (and often selfish) desires of some women, that it actually becomes a "war on family" if you ask me. Spurning the God-given role of women does not do our society any good. Consider the following:

    "Opposite of what many had thought, prosperity and education seem to be connected to a higher likelihood of having traditional families and values.

    The real question, of course, is about cause and effect. Do some sectors of our society have stronger values and families because they are more educated and prosperous, or are they more educated and prosperous because they have values and strong families? ... When people make family and religious commitments ... they begin to do better spiritually and often temporally as well.

    And, of course, societies at large are strengthened as families grow stronger. Commitments to family and values are the basic cause. Nearly everything else is effect. When couples marry and make commitments to each other, they greatly increase their chances of economic well-being. When children are born in wedlock and have both a mom and a dad, their opportunities and their likelihood of occupational success skyrocket. And when families work and play together, neighborhoods and communities flourish, economies improve, and less government and fewer costly safety nets are required.

    So the bad news is that family breakdown is causing a host of societal and economic ills. But the good news is that, like any cause and effect, those ills can be reversed if what is causing them is changed. Inequities are resolved by living correct principles and values... The most important cause of our lifetime is our families. If we will devote ourselves to this cause, we will improve every other aspect of our lives." --M. Russell Ballard

    Sorry for the long comment, but I needed to, as you have encouraged, be an advocate for my cause. I've been watching silently for too long. Love you Steimer, but I disagree with a lot of this.

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  3. Hey toots:) A thoughtful reply deserves a thoughtful reply:)

    I respect the fact that you feel safe and confident enough to share a contradictory opinion on an open forum... kudos! (I don't like the word kudos, but it seems to apply here...)

    However, I disagree with your disagreement :) While I love my family and have warm thoughts about the traditional nucleus concept as a whole I feel like this "argument" is irrelevant with the point I am trying to make in my post.

    All personal opinions about conservative religion aside, I am fiercely committed to the ideal of letting an adult human decide for themselves what kind of life they want to live. Freedom of lifestyle if you will. Equality in general This is not to be confused with a war on the traditional family. I support people choosing this option as well.

    Its SO fortunate that your preferred lifestyle is not only attainable, but accepted in society! Not every one is as lucky. I firmly believe that EVERYONE should have the option to do the same as you. And if it were embraced… well, that would be icing on the cake:)

    As to the sexual selfishness concept, I maintain that this is a personal opinion and not a fact.

    My views may come across too dramatically for some, but I feel like the point stands alone. You're one smart cookie Walker, and I love you too! Looks like we will just have to agree to disagree on this one:)

    As to the partial nudity, I would have to ask Liora to speak on the reasons why she chose these particular images...

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  4. Hello -

    There was a lot of thought put into the partial nudity of the original project, and while not all images in the book will have nude or partially nude subjects, I find that the nude images do speak to people in ways that clothed photos can't.

    In the painted feminism series the subjects are partially nude because these issues get close to my skin. In fact, they get under my skin. Human rights are being systematically removed from us – stripped away like clothing. What happens when there are none left? We are left naked, bare, vulnerable to cold new truths.

    I'd like to address the difference between what you called "women using their bodies to get attention."

    1. the project encompasses both men and women of various gender and sexual identities
    2. there is a large difference between someone using their body to get attention, and using one's body to bring attention
    3. There is nothing wrong, sinful, or disgusting about the human body.

    You also mentioned that women need to accept the consequences of sex - I found this statement really lacking. Why are women alone being asked to shoulder the burden of withholding or allowing sex? Why are women the only people capable of handling a "consequence?" Are there not typically 2+ members involved in intercourse that produces "consequences?" It is this exact type of slut shaming verbiage that endorses a rape-culture and victim-blaming society - implying that it is the consequence of the victim for not doing enough prevention, and not the fault of the rapist for raping or the abuser for abusing.

    Additionally, having consensual sex, not slut shaming, and having equal rights does not mean that family life falls apart. In fact - having equal partners in a family can only seek to strengthen that which already is. Having two loving partners - regardless of whether it's mom and dad, mom and mom, dad and dad, or any derivative thereof, is always a wonderful gift that not everyone is fortunate enough to have. However, it is not the sole measure of what a successful family is. Families with one parent are completely capable of providing a safe, supportive, and stable environment - sometimes more so then those families with a more "traditional" arrangement. Furthermore - religious commitment is *never* an accurate measure of morality. I think instead what you may be speaking to is a supportive and stable family life - which is definitely beneficial to all involved.

    I'm glad that the announcement of the project made you voice your beliefs, however much I disagree with what you said. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. This is ridiculously inspirational. Thank you for sharing this :)

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    1. I THINK SO TOO! And you are so welcome. xoxoxo

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing and inspirational project! I just checked out Liora's video. Art can be so visceral and I absolutely love what she has done with her particular medium. I love how vulnerable the nude/partially nude models seem, and the messages written on their bodies are especially powerful.

    I don't care what anyone says, there absolutely IS a "War on Women", and Miss Liora K is helping the cause in her own way. I WILL be following her project, and as a long-time reader (first time commenter) on your blog, I just had to let you know how much I applaud and admire you for sharing this.

    Hannah R.

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    1. Dear Hannah, thank you so much for taking the time to comment... it's difficult for even the strongest of ladies to hear of other women cutting down the opportunity for equality. This project feels like an extension of my soul and any person who supports it is a kindred spirit of mine:)

      We need more positivity round these here parts;)

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  7. A little late to the party here. I'd love to see the video, but the link provided in your blog goes to a video that is private. Is there another version out there that we can watch?

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