September 29, 2003

I am Woman, See My Bra!

Let's get a few things straight here in Big Arm land:

I like bras. They are useful and sometimes fun. As I approach the age at which gravity reaches critical mass, I find that a well-made bra is a must have accessory. That said, I don't really think that a piece of underwear is a symbol of either feminine oppression or feminist control. It's underwear. It keeps the naughty bits from flopping about al fresco. Plus, you couldn't jog without one.

So you can see where I might differ with these feuding artistes of the San Fran variety. Yes, California has managed to bring you not one, but two dueling bra balls of freedom!

Thrill to the descriptions of size and mass!

Gasp as each artist claims the original inspiration!

Be amazed at straightfaced declarations such as:
He says they were going to collaborate, but he dropped her when she proposed using only some of the bras and sealing them with silicone, which he sees as demoralizing to women.


"It's a monument to the average American woman who is so strong, and yet no one talks about that," Duffy said. "She is solid in a very dense way -- the way the ball is. Women hold this world together."

And finally:
"For centuries, men have been using women's bodies to make art," she said. "This is a monument to us."

Note to the artists:

  1. Silicone is not demoralizing to women.

  2. Watch who you're calling dense, there, Ms. Pot. The Kettles are laughing at you.

  3. If the best monument to the power of women you can come up with is a bra, then feminism failed utterly. Plus, I would rather die unremarked and ignominiously than be memorialized by a giant ball of bras. The hell, lady.

  4. Finally, men have not "used" women's bodies to make art. I'm thinking there was some willing participation there. Also, women's bodies are nice to look at. You seem to be confused about the difference between art and prostitution. It may shock you to realize that you probably have more in common with Jesse Helms than with the art community on this score.

If I ever get around to writing that dissertation called "Art for Art's Sake: Mental Masturbation in Mixed Media," I'll be sure to include this article as Exhibit A.

Thanks to C. Houts for the link!

Posted by Big Arm Woman at September 29, 2003 02:53 PM

What an uplifting post!

Posted by: LittleA at September 29, 2003 07:43 PM

He he, your story reminded me a movie "Bend it like Beckham" there also was a funny moment about bras;) He he

Posted by: George at September 30, 2003 04:41 AM

Of course nude women are overrepresented in art (as compared to nude men). Anyone who's ever *seen* a nude man knows how absurd they look. Nude women, on the other hand, are very, very beautiful. That's why men want the lights on and women want them off. ;)

Posted by: Wacky Hermit at September 30, 2003 08:12 AM

when I contemplate the myriad ways I could choose to spend my limited time on this earth, "constructing a giant ball of brassieres as some kind of social comment" didn't even make the list.

I dearly hope this is not one of those "your tax dollars at work" type situations.

Posted by: ricki at September 30, 2003 03:08 PM