A collection of photos, depicting women in 16th century literature.
Women in medieval literature were typically one dimensional characters. They weren’t the hero or anything other than a trouble maker. They were depicted as pure and good or promiscuous and evil. They were one thing or the other. The lighting in this image shows only one side of the subject’s face to depict the lack of depth female characters showed.
The subject is seated with her legs spread like a man. Her dress masks this positioning to some extent, representing a hidden strength. Her unseen abilities to think and act like a man but covered by societies needs for her to be feminine. An absent expression gazes off in the distance. Where her mind wanders only a woman would know.
The position of the subject looking down onto the prospective of the camera shows the heightened standards male heroes are portrayed as in medieval literature. Head tall, shoulders straight, and battle ready to be fought in her eyes. She is everything she is yet everything she will never be.
“having qualities or an appearance traditionally associated with women, especially delicacy and prettiness.”
“the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.”
“Feminism is a range of social movements, political movements, and ideologies that aim to define and establish the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes.”
NOT feminine, BUT feminism.
Be seen not heard. Your voice doesn’t matter. You don’t have a vote. Silenced by men, to protect their egos. Her eyes scream louder than her vocal cords could – muffled by a male thoughts.
Strong stance, bold shoulders, witty, yet kind, courageous and ready for battle. Just the day in the life of a woman every day.