week 8 extra credit

When I read the title of Linda Weintraub’s lecture “ the beauty and aesthetics of activism” a sudden question about the relationship between beauty, aesthetics and activism rose in me. Obviously when we hear the word beauty our attention goes to thinking about something attractive. Likewise, the word aesthetics suggests something pleasant and a little artistic. But when it comes to the word activism we think of riots, civil rights etc. If I am not mistaken what  Linda Weintraub meant to imply when she mentioned or when she conceived this title can be paraphrased as the action of  creating some new beauty in art in order to portray the value of a particular creation, namely the gender repesentation. Again this is from my prospective.

One may expect those new images or innovative in art to be just for artistic purposes. But it turns out that it is not the case in many situations. For instance, in the case of the Italian Renaissance art. As we may all recall, that a women during the 1930s was considered nothing but an instrument of  reproduction of children, hence could not rejoice life as much as men. These restrictions created several strikes. And indeed the whole idea of  ” the beauty and aesthetics of activism” played a important role in solving this problems. Women sought to create artistic images of the authenticity of a women. Whenever men saw those posters and images they were guilty and finally thought of ending all those kinds of gender discrimination.

After the ban of the gender discrimination, another issue came up. This is the issue of the look. If you do not have that attire that the world praises or look for you are not living a joyful life, you are more likely to lose your position at your job, not be welcomed at some places etc just because of  your look. Untill this type of discrimination got banned, people were victims of  it.

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Generally speaking, the world has its own unfairnesses as I call it. The more powerfull people get to live real and noble lives. For example, the case of the woman during the 1930s. They could not live the life they wanted because of the restrictions that they were put on. They were thought to be less powerful. Had it not been partly for “the beauty and aesthetic of activism” women would still be in that suffrage case. To sum up we all see the role and impact of Linda Weintraub’s lecture and the reason of her interest into that field of study.

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