"She’s young, she’s in high school, she’s sexually active, she’s taking drugs, she’s crying out for help. … Well damn Cooper, that really narrows it down, you’re talking about half the high school girls in America!"
“I started to notice that it wasn’t that I was getting more balanced, but that I was getting more comfortable with being out of balance. Rather than getting nervous and over compensating, I could just compensate enough and I thought, ‘I wish I could do that in my life.’”
—Janine Antoni on learning how to walk a tightrope
Today’s “100 Artists” featured artist is Janine Antoni. Seen here is the artist practicing tightrope walking in preparation for her video work, Touch (2002).
This scene is featured in the episode Loss & Desire from Season 2 of Art in the Twenty-First Century.
"Rather than telling teens why they shouldn’t have sex, perhaps we ought to be teaching them why they should. We are doing little to help them differentiate their sexual desires from their desire for attention. Many of the girls I spoke to said sex for them was “an ego thing” rather than a lust thing. Anne said of her first time, “I guess I didn’t really want it, but I told him I did.” And hers is not an uncommon experience; about a quarter of girls between the ages fifteen and nineteen described their first time as “voluntary but unwanted,” according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. The only message that seems to be successfully transmitted to girls about sex and sexiness is that it is something they need to embody to be cool. What’s saddening is it’s not that they will end up used goods like Miss Tape or unfit to wear white dresses to their fantasy weddings, but that from the very beginning of their experiences as sexual beings they are conceiving of sex as a performance you give for attention, rather than as something thrilling and interesting you engage in because you want to."
Ariel Levy, Female Chauvinist Pigs (via tenpa)
How to use your white privilege
If the “passing privilege” person is looking at this blog, this is one thing you can do, if you’re up to it.