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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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We are a one-of-a-kind magazine that provides local, regional, national and international information about women’s lives and education, performing and visual arts and writing, the environment, green living and sustainability and regional Western North Carolina business, people and events. “Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers. Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society. Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears. Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi Our Mission provides readers with information important to women’s lives and well-being. We focus primarily on the areas of education & health, business & finance, the arts & the environment. We are particularly interested in local & regional resources, organizations & events.

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