One argument against feminism that I always encounter is that: You were given the right to vote, what more do you want? or You can be whatever you want now, it’s not our fault you’re no good at it. This and being constantly accused of being too emotional or ruled by one’s monthly cycle are a just a few thing that make us put our foreheads down on the desk and wonder what rabbit hole we just went down.
As a female artist, I can tell you the playing field isn’t even. I can assure you of how little female artists are valued. I know many in the same position. The industry of publishing is still dominated by men. This is true across all fields in the arts – all fields of employment. Women earn less than men at the same jobs (not a myth despite how many right wing and men’s rights groups try to dispel it as such). So, when I saw that Georgia O’Keefe’s work went for $44 million dollars, I wanted to know how her counterparts were fairing. Sadly, they go for at least twice as much. Certainly one could argue that it’s a subjective field and there’s not much call for her style, but that simply isn’t true. “Cezanne’s Card Players was bought for $259m in 2011; Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves and Bust for $106.5m in 2010; Jackson Pollock’s No 5, 1948 for $140m in 2006.” So, dudes playing cards, something from an episode of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, as well as paint tube temper tantrum – they all sold for at least twice as much as this: