Herstories and How-tos: Claude Cahun

So not only did I not stop blogging for good, I double not-stopped by volunteering* to write a monthly bit over on CAW (Creative Arts of Women)‘s blog. The column is called ‘Herstories and How-to’s’ (I really lobbied for Corpses and Crafts, but ultimately decided it might be off-putting.)

This month you can learn more about my current dead-lady obsession Claude Cahun, as well as three easy ways to fight The Man!

a picture of Cahun with a levitating cat that I desperately tried to work into the post.

 

 

*Isn’t that funny? They offer a monthly space with lots of eyes to practice writing and I get to call it ‘volunteering’. This is almost as good as the gig over at Ohio House Rabbit Rescue, where one ‘volunteers’ by cuddling bunnies. Living the philanthropic lifestyle really can be so trying.**

**But f’real, you can actually go volunteer to cuddle rabbits for an hour I’M SO THERE.

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Tuesday Top or Bottom: Mariko Sakagu vs. Lee Price

This week’s Top or Bottom is inspired by Claude Cahun, whose name I recently stumbled across in this month’s ARTnews and who. is. awesome.

Autoportrait, Claude Cahun, 1929

Photographer, surrealist, writer, feminist, radical activist and total badass, “..winning new moral freedoms, the rights of the human being repressed after enturies of ferocious superstitions.”* During the Nazi occupation of her French hometown, this lady distributed leaflets denouncing the war, sometimes slipping them INTO NAZI POCKETS!
And her photos are pretty great too.

So in honor of Claude Cahun and badass self portraitists everywhere, I give you

from One Hundred Views of Bathing by Mariko Sakaguchi.Click to see the full series.
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vs.

Self-portrait with Chinese Food, oil on linen, Lee Price
via.

 

*Claude Cahun, ARTnews, April 2012