Frida, the Rebel.
“Frida Kahlo was an extraordinary individual who liked to live in constant self-expression, I believe this is most evident in her art, the way she dressed, and also the way she carried herself. She was not your typical feminist by modern standards, and I’m not completely sure if she would of considered herself one either, but the fact still remains that her acts can be considered feminist. From my understanding Frida considered herself to be an individual, not really choosing to self-identify with a particular sex, an individual who could potentially embodying both genders with her dualistic personally. By trying to take on two gender roles at once she is constantly advocating for both sexes and ultimately helping us deconstruct our false gender dichotomies. An example of this is the fact that she liked to wear her monobrow (normally seen as masculine) proudly even though societal norms expected her to separate it. I find this to be very revolutionary for a woman of her time, so naturally I become a little angry every time I see an image without her signature monobrow; almost as if saying Frida had no idea what she was doing when in reality she always did. She was also known to dress in men’s clothing and even cut her hair “like a man” once. Frida liked to drink, smoke, and say countless profanities. She liked to engage in sexual relations with both men and women. These acts were all seen as rebellious behaviour back in the early 1900’s, but after analysing these acts with our modern feminist perspective we can see them as unconventional/revolutionary feminist acts of her time. Frida Kahlo taught me that one does not need to be a woman or a feminist to conduct oneself in a manner that reflects and supports their ideals. I am also glad that she continued to look at herself and her works seriously as she continued to turn out breath taking pieces, even though there was little to no dealers or museums that would have her work or any other woman’s work simply because they were considered amateurs in a man’s field.”
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