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Reflection on Refarmings: New American Feminist Photographies

Reframings: New American Feminist Photographies
Editor is Diane Neumaier
She is a Scholar/ Photographer and Theory and Practices
Reframings is a story about women struggle and how they were depicted in the past. Some chapters of this book focused on the homosexual relationship verses heterosexual relationship. Moreover, it talks about how back in the day society wasn’t accepting these type of relationship and how women had to keep fighting for their right to live with equality and for their freedom of speech. The Author highlights and shares art theory and key issues like identity, race, history, memory, media and sexuality in this book; in addition to that, here re-framing mean constructing feminist “praxis?. There are different forms that are used to create this book some of them are photography, collage, image collection, pinhole photography, consumer camera, digital and large format photography, Quilt and layering text.

The Article I read was by Connie Hatch and in that Article she talks about the Sex and the Anxiety of women and how we still gets pleasure by looking at or vice versa. She talks about the gays and lesbians relationship and how they have existed throughout the history. It’s about their struggle toward society; moreover, it is a battle between their rights to live like others. It is about their struggle to live life the way they want too without any fear and how society doesn’t accept them because of their gender differences. Not only that, their own families sometime disowned them and how they have to struggle through this world alone to live like just a normal human being without being discriminated based on their sexuality and gender differences.
Some other Articles talks about the Domestic Production/ Reproduction Resistance meaning, certain genital to look at it within the family. This chapter is by C. William an African American, who focuses on the race, sexism and feminism and the exploitation of women. Her role model is Sara Cage. She thinks that things haven’t changed much since the 1800s. She goes on in talking about demystification of women and how memory lives through object and object simplifies your past. She further talks about the oppression and family. I believe her main argument is based on gender identity and family because it shows through her selection of images.
Next chapter along the line which is called the Identity Formation, talks about creating identity, self identification, and native stereotypes of African American women. The author in this article talks about building native identity, making comparison between native and African Feminism and to her Native mean indigence and self representation.
After that the next chapter talks about the Post Colonial Legacies, mainly referring to suburban speaking for them self. This chapter is talking about the colonial gaze, male gaze and oppression and what it’s mean to be in this position. Main point here is the term “objectification,? which means different way photography can lies depending on how we show them to other. Next chapter Rationalizing and Realizing the body focuses on bearing verses baring (?). The theme of this chapter is that women are trying to realize their bodies through others idea of history and ambiguity. And the last chapter focuses on Reimagining and Reimaging. Here the main idea is minority models and stereotypes that are associated with minority people.
To me this book unrevealed most of the sensitive issue that women have been dealing with over the generation and these issues are still the most important in term of race, gender, and sexuality. This book takes us into the deeper history of feminism and how women are still struggling for their right and for a better place in this society. I was amazed to see the photographs in this book because some of them are really extreme and it really makes you think has the history changed over the years yet? If so, then in what ways? Because, homosexual people are still battling for their place in this world; moreover, they are still being discriminating based on their gender difference. Additionally, they are still not much acceptable in our society and they are not allowed to walk freely and express their emotion in the public liberally.