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"Isn’t she really ugly though?" - Thoughts on Frida Kahlo

zangan:

"Her art is amazing, but, oh my god! That unibrow!"

"She would be so pretty if only she did something about that brow."

"How did she ever get married? Poor Diego Rivera! No wonder he was always unfaithful to her!"

Whenever I mention Frida it seems to be an almost compulsory necessity for someone to mention her appearance.

Why is it that male artists’ physical appearance is never commented on? 

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Surely, Diego Rivera isn’t your average handsome man… and yet I have never listened to anyone comment on his looks. 

Why is it that his value as an artist is enough, and yet when it comes to Frida Kahlo the conversation inevitably resorts to a measuring of how physically appealing or not she is found? 

This, my friends, is sexism.
It’s holding women and men up to different standards. 

It’s almost as if being beautiful is something that is needed of women. It’s something they themselves must inherently want. 

Frida disrespects that unwritten cultural norm. She is a threat to patriarchal values. And that makes society mad.

She didn’t shave her armpits, she had affairs with women, she was a communist, she posed for nudes, and she drank. 

But it wasn’t about that. 

I myself may be nothing like her, but Frida’s work makes me feel.

She loved.

She suffered.

She lived by her own rules. 

She expressed her feelings.

She was a woman and she was herself. 

It seems like simply being yourself shouldn’t be enough to warrant anyone the admiration and respect I have for Frida, but for someone living in the Mexican Revolution, to hold her head up high and not give a damn, that, is fucking amazing. 

Her looks shouldn’t matter. 

Her art is fucking amazing. 

And her talent as an artist has nothing to do with her looks.

She was fucking amazing.

She was not her looks.

She was herself.

And she was amazing. 

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Europe Treaty on Violence Against Women to Take Effect

A ground-breaking European treaty on violence against women moved one step closer to entering into legal force, with Andorra becoming the 10th country to ratify it. With this milestone met, the treaty will become binding on August 1, 2014. Countries ratifying the treaty are obligated to protect and support victims of violence.

The treaty, the “Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence”­­ – known informally as the “Istanbul Convention” – is the first European treaty specifically targeting violence against women and domestic violence. It sets out minimum standards on prevention, protection, prosecution, and services. Countries ratifying must also establish services such as hotlines, shelters, medical services, counselling, and legal aid.

One in three women in the European Union has experienced some form of physical and/or sexual assault since the age of 15, according to an EU Fundamental Rights Agency survey. An estimated 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner, or sexual violence by a stranger. The World Health Organization calls this a public health problem of epidemic proportions.

Photo: Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez (R) and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) attend a signing ceremony for a convention on preventing violence against women and combating domestic violence during the 121st session of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on May 11, 2011. © 2011 Reuters

“Violence against women is not a force of nature – it can be stopped,” van Gulik said. “This convention is set to bring about practical changes that should ultimately improve the lives of women and girls across Europe.” 

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