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The Bridal Fair by Susan Simensky Bietila

September 27, 2012

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This comic is printed in the hand sewn zine of “This is an Emergency!” a print portfolio on gender justice and reproductive rights. It was originally printed in World War 3 Illustrated.
To purchase a copy of the portfolio, you can click HERE.
To check out the website for this project, click HERE.


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Susan writes about this comic: After our emails and discussions with other women of your generation and younger, I will be doing some writing and probably a greatly expanded version of this story during the next year or two. The history of 2nd Wave feminism needs to be written in the context of the radical movements of that time. This profound social upheaval, the direct actions, community and workplace organizing are all but ignored. The expectation of egalitarian division of labor in the home, of female sexual pleasure and of gender equity in the workplace have transformed just about everything about the way we live our lives but the history of how it came about has been largely ignored. It is so much more than the legalization of abortion and a few female faces in high places. For example, many women don’t realize that there were quotas against women being admitted to medical school. Only 5% of doctors were women in the early 1960s, compared with 50% today. The victories are taken for granted or distorted into a history of legislative decisions and legal action. The 2nd wave feminist movement was a society-wide wave of critical thinking and activism, not simply a few brilliant writers brainstorming in specific East Coast consciousness raising groups. I guess I have work to do.
To purchase a copy of the entire portfolio, you can click this link:
http://justseeds.org/justseeds_collaborations/09emergency.html
To check out the tumblr website for this project, click this link:
http://meredith-stern.tumblr.com/

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