Thinking more about our discussion on Tuesday, and having read this New York Times article and the reactions to it, I want to explore the topic of “ownership” of the Holocaust a little more. I am increasingly frustrated with the point of view that any one group should “own” history. It is critical that we […]Read more "Who Owns History?"
I remember the first time I saw someone wearing this t-shirt. I was at an after party in downtown LA for a comedy show. I didn’t get the message that this was going to be a hipster party. It was obvious that I forgot my ironic eyeglasses and converse high tops. Little did I know that […]Read more "Is this racist?"
The first part of last week’s class focused on the blog post dealing with domestic abuse and provoked a thoughtful discussion of feminism and domestic violence. As we observed, domestic abuse is a topic that evokes many feelings and can be controversial in its display. I for instance, was completely shocked by the images of […]Read more "The Silent Sufferers"
As a young child, my father told me that my grandfather served in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II on Okinawa. He also told me that my grandfather was quiet about it, granted he did not see any action during his stay as an occupying force on the island. So, I […]Read more "As Firsthand Memories Fade, the Guilt Remains"
I was raised in the age of “Girl Power.” There was never any doubt in my mind: I could do or be whatever I wanted when I grew up and my gender would not stand in the way. With female role models like Sally Ride and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, every door was open. In […]Read more "Wanted: Allies for the Feminist Cause"
Although last week’s class readings revolved primarily around the blues and blues singers, the first part of our class discussion revolved around domestic abuse towards women. We reviewed the exhibit photos of Donna Ferreto’s documentary Living with The Enemy which depict women in violent situations. We questioned, and I still do, how Ms. Ferreto was […]Read more "Strong Words"
I want to reflect on a part of last week’s discussion that focused on the representation of social issues in museums. Although the conversation centered on domestic violence, it could have applied to poverty, homophobia, discrimination, or any other difficult subject that people don’t like to talk about. I strongly believe that museums have an […]Read more "Museums and Social Activism"