Here are a few selected quotations:
What does feminism mean to you and do you consider yourself to be a feminist?
“I never accepted that I was a feminist growing up, as I didn’t really understand what the term meant and had heard many derogatory comments about feminists being ‘man haters’ and ‘bra burners’. I certainly didn’t want to be tarred with that brush. I found it hard to fit into the role of ‘woman’, which I understood required me to be pretty, slim, quiet, passive and frivolous. I was tall, broad, athletic, feisty and sharp. At university I read feminist texts by Luce Irigaray and Helene Cixous. Suddenly, and for the first time, I was thrust into a world in which I connected to. I felt like I had found permission to be myself.
Feminism is a movement for equality. The cause has made a lot of progress over the years, but there is still a long way to go before we all are truly are equal.
Yes, I’m a feminist, and proud.”
Do you feel women have to conform to social norms and stereotypes to be taken seriously? Do you have any experiences of this?
“I think if you are secure in yourself and who you are, with a strong network supporting you, you shouldn’t need to conform to others expectations. To be taken seriously or not lies outside of your control. Live with integrity.”
And is there anything you would like to add to your interview?
“Yes, I’d like to compel anyone reading this to think about what types of inequality they might encounter or witness in their own lives, and to be brave enough to speak out and challenge it when/where it occurs. #BeTheChange”
The full transcript of my interview is here: http://artsaveslivesintmagazine.com/2015/04/09/artist-natalie-raven-explains-how-making-live-art-works-for-her-and-why-she-chose-to-create-art-about-female-stereotypes/
E-magazine here: http://artsaveslivesintmagazine.com/