Thursday, January 23, 2014

Deadline Extended for Dark 2014

We want to publish even more of the awesome creative work produced by womyn, so we're extending the deadline for Dark 2013/14 to February 21st! Time to get those hibernating butts in gear.

"Lady (de)Constructed" will be an exploration of the definitions of the terms "lady" and "woman." Society prescribes characteristics to a woman, and more specifically, a lady --a female that is reserved, submissive, and wouldn't dream of deviating from cultural norms. Of course the standards invented by our patriarchal society are impossible to meet. So where does that leave us? How can we use creativity to redefine lady and woman and girl and any other term referring to womyn into words that we can use with pride?

We want you to tells us what "lady" means to you. What pressures do you face to fit the standard definitions of femininity? What kinds of pressure do you face if you don't fit into those standards? Do you feel empowered by your feminine qualities? Do you feel pressure to shave your legs, or wear make up every day? What's it like for you to wear dresses and other feminine accoutrements? What are your thoughts on the feminist selfie? 

Tell us and show us what you've got.

Jourdan Dunn by Erwin Olaf

We can't wait to hear from you!

With all our hearts,