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A Gendered Lens—Literal and Metaphoric

 

As a teacher of women’s studies I often talk about “the gender lens”—the notion of adopting metaphorical spectacles to view the world so that you start seeing things through a special filter and with a special light.

That light shines upon women’s realities, needs and perceptions; at the same time, it reveals the realities, needs and perceptions of men in a new way too.  One’s vision becomes refined and more acute when donning these spectacles; often it is more compassionate and humanistic as well. The work of women photographers, presented in two current exhibits, one on each coast, reveals what it’s like to see the world through the literal lens of gender. The Los Angeles show, opening this weekend, focuses on one woman’s vision. Close to the end of its long New York run, an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art presents a historical sweep of 20th Century photographers. Click to read the full article.

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