All these feminist painters and not a single person of color featured in their art
If you want a feminist painting with a person of color featured in it, paint it yourself. Art is subjective. You cannot police another person’s creativity. Just because I don’t write about people of colour, or draw pictures of lesbian couples, does not mean I am opposed to these types of people. It simply means that the message I am trying to convey in my personal art is not involved with them. There is nothing wrong with that.
You seem to have a message you want to convey regarding equality, racism, and feminism, so pick up a pen/paintbrush and, as Gandhi said, be the change you want to see in the world!
lol you’re acting like I mean painters as individuals with their individual creativity and whatnot. Feminism has had a pattern of ignoring people of color, so when it’s a pattern I really don’t give a flying fuck about their individual creative choices, I care that they’re sticking to the unofficial script that systematically pushes down marginalized people. When it’s a pattern I can paint PoC all I want, but until I get so fucking famous they make a movie out of me starring Lucy Liu surrounded by white people, it won’t make a huge difference.
If you want context for my post, I wrote it during my intro to painting class, where we’ve been doing presentations on artists. Half of them were “lauded as feminist artists” or “pioneers in feminist art,” and none of them featured PoC. Now, in a class where our professor told us in the beginning of the course that most if not all of the models we’ll be painting will be white, this shouldn’t have been too surprising, but it’s frustrating because so much art has always featured white people, because I hear people say that they don’t want to paint PoC because our features are too difficult, because when we finally got one WoC to model for our class, half our class cut off her head and only painted her body and chose to use abstract colors instead of skin tones.
Just as a side note, if you are actively not writing about people of color, you are actively choosing to ignore people who are visibly everywhere, you are actively choosing to erase their existence, and you are actively maintaining this ridiculous white-only bubble in which everyone seems to think we live, since in most literature, characters are assumed white unless explicitly stated otherwise (and even then, movie adaptations cast white people anyway). If you’re actively choosing all this because you fucking can’t write a PoC character without being racist, you’ve got even bigger problems. Same goes for LGBTQ characters and homophobia.
But I mean, you’re quoting Gandhi, who seriously hated on black people, so maybe it’s asking too much for you to stop thinking I’m trashing on your individual creativity and realize that the systematic racism is the problem.
At any rate, there’s a reason I can’t fucking stand feminism. It’s mostly because of the racism within the movement, but comments like this one remind me where the priorities lie.