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frida kahlo and ani difranco are very similar individuals. they are both women artists who do things they way that they choose. they are free spirited, strong willed, political minded, real people. they have lovers of both men and women, and they don't earn a label of homosexual or bisexual beause they don't place labels of gender on those that they love. like frida's infamous unibrow and mustache, ani has hair in what most people would consider undesirable, nonnormative places for she doesn't believe in shaving her armpits. she believes that women should have the same rights as men and should have an equal place in society, and frida contributes to this idea by her recognition in the art world at a time when it was predominantly males.

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i think that frida was a really beautiful person. when i saw photographs of her for the first time, i was actually surprised at how beautiful she was. after seeing more of her self-portraits, i expected her to be kind of unattractive with a large amount of facial hair dominating her face. but when i looked at the picture, i saw the image of a delicate, strong, confiden woman starting back at me, the feminine curves of her face accentuated by masculine lines of hair. once, i was taken back that someone was surprised and confused how people could find frida attractive. i had almost the exact opposite reaction to seeing photos of frida. i think these differing views play into why frida painted herself the way that she did. she had different ideas of what beauty is than people during the time that she lived. the public's reaction fo frida's exaggeration of her facial hair is similar to how most people react to hair on women's bodies in general. i don't shave my legs of my armpits, and when people first find out, the reaction isn't normally a positive one. i've learned quickly that the association between body hair and females is not good. people are grossed out by body hair only because they are used to the norm of women shaving and being hairless. but it's perfectly alright that men are hairy when it shouldn't really make any difference whether someone has facial hair or any kind of hair. in ancient cultures, men didn't like hair and have every strand found removed. it just shows that different cultures and times value different things. i think that people are startled by the unexpected. people are turned off by what they're not used to. yet it's weird how quickly people forget that the hair is there, don't think anything of it anymore, and just get used it. so people without knowing anything automatically assume that frida is unattractive because of her facial hair. i think it's important to not only look at someone's looks but their insides too. the complexity of her personality combined with her interesting exterior is what makes frida so attractive and fascinated people. frida wasn't afraid to be different. i like that about her. being different was part of what made her beautiful.

i think about:
- society's pressure to be either masculine or feminine, to adhere to the set binary of gender characteristics
- societal expectations, disapproval
- beauty norms, nonnormative beauty
- gender specific activities, "requirements"