We're often asked, 'who inspires you?' WELL...
All of the women above, are who we look up to. They have pushed themselves to make a difference, for example Lady Gaga challenges beauty standards, and protests in the name of the LGBT community and more. Ching Shih was one of the most successful female pirates and created the pirate code. All the women above, are powerful women who we aspire to be like.
Our work is focusing around feminist issues, with the goal to make a difference, or a change in someones life. We challenge the way people see things, and ask everyone to question why? in our society. Why is Kylie Jenner adored for having big lips and a lot of money when other amazing women go unnoticed? Why do men get paid more than women?
The list goes on and on. Women are so powerful, and we can't forget that. These inspirational women should be the ones we look up to. Please feel free to add comments on who you look up to, and we can add them to the list.
Love, Banshee x
Marina Abramovic: comefromcanada.com/arts
Stevie Nicks: standardissuemagazine.com/voices/why-i-love-stevie-nicks/
Figs in Wigs: www.threeweeksedinburgh.com/article/photo-shoot-figs-in-wigs/
Lady Gaga: www.vagabomb.com/Lady-Gaga-on-What-It-Means-to-Be-a-Woman-Right-Now/
Bryony Kimmings: avalonuk.com/clients/bryony-kimmings/
Pina Bausch: indulgy.com/post/9yi7sGecM1/kontakthof-pina-bausch
Ching Shih: sailingtoantarctica.com/writers/pulchritudinous-pirates-women-on-tall-ships-part-2/
This week we've had a get together, and come up with a campaign idea to help promote ourselves and what we are fighting for, in the name of feminism. We've realised that not many people actually understand what feminism means, and that we aren't man hating, bra burning hardcore lesbians, that some stereotypes suggest.
We don't want people to feel alone, and by asking our friends and followers to create these photos with us, creates a sense of community and family.
What feminism means to us;
As of today our selfie campaign is launched. The campaign is an opportunity to give women their voice. In doing this we aim to diminish the stigma surrounding feminism and sexism. This is a reminder that we are not alone in a society that makes us feel any less than we are. We are strong, independent women and we are here to prove that. We are currently asking for as many people as possible to take a selfie with a caption giving a statement on what feminism means to you. For example "I'm a feminist because..." "feminism to me is..." or it could also be a word of phrase that states the way in which someone or society has made you feel. Using the hashtags #BansheePerformance #Feminisme #NotAlone we are wanting to create a collage of hundreds of men and women giving their opinion, regaining their voice.
Please feel free to send us a photo of what feminism means to you. It will be posted on our website and social media outlets, but it will hopefully make a difference in someones life, to know that we aren't alone when dealing with feminist issues.
By Georgia Randall
Love, Banshee. x
Happy extremely belated new year!
Sorry we haven't been in touch, we have been so busy with our own projects we haven't had time to fit anything else in!
But we're back! (From outta space...)
We had a rehearsal today to see where we are all at, any new research or ideas and just have a catch up on what we want to achieve in our performance.
We love the idea of being strong independent women (who doesn't) but we've tried to relate it to pirates and how women were captains of the ships, seen as omens or mythical beasts such as sirens.
It led to a discussion on feminism, and how some people are anti feminist which means they hate women. This is not always the case, but because feminism is often misconstrued, it's not understood as a fight for equality. There are a few people in the university that we have talked to who disagree with feminism, and we wonder if that's because they hate women, or because they're worried their masculinity will deplete if they agree with equal rights. As a group of powerful women, we follow rules, a bit like pirates did, and say a big fuck you to anyone who breaks them.
To move forward, we want to research more into the pirate theme, giving the performance a lighthearted tone with a deep meanings beneath it. We have lots to explore, and we will be writing more about it as we get closer to our deadline.
By Georgia Randall
Love, Banshee x