Outcry Leaves Women Feeling Empowered, Thanks To Photographer Whitney Bradshaw

Outcry Leaves Women Feeling Empowered, Thanks To Photographer Whitney Bradshaw

Women unite in a safe inclusive environment and all started the night of the 2018 Chicago Women's March.

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Wandering aimlessly around the DePaul Art Museum I examined various galleries and art and the piece of art that stood out to me the most was Outcry by Whitney Bradshaw. Outcry is a series of more than 100 individual portraits of women screaming and I was more curios to find out more about this work of art. I did my research and the main purpose of Outcry is for women to stand up for themselves and come together and reflect on their own experiences in a safe inclusive environment. Outcry lets women unleash their inner feelings as they have been told to always stay quiet in society. Before each portrait, the women practice their screaming The number of portraits of women screaming increase as Bradshaw leads more sessions. I was fortunate enough to meet Bradshaw after finding out she came to the DePaul Art Museum on Sept. 21 to take more portraits of the women.

After speaking with her and a few of the participants after the event, I learned even more about Outcry and how Bradshaw came up with this idea.I find Bradshaw to be inspiring because she is empowering women at the same time and building a community while she is doing what she loves which is photography.The first time Bradshaw wanted to try Outcry was the night of the women's march in 2018. She invited five women to her house and had a party and did her first session of Outcry that night taking photos of those five women. From there on out, more women heard about Outcry and Bradshaw led more sessions. As of Sept. 21, Bradshaw told me she photographed about 150 women.

Egla Kishta, a Chicago resident found out about Outcry after a friend of hers participated in the program. Kishta attended the Outcry session that the DePaul Art Museum hosted on Sept. 21. Kishta mentions how her overall experience was complicated, but mostly amazing. She also mentions how screaming brings up a lot of things and it was interesting. At the end of the day Kishta found it was powerful and glad she attended the event. Although I was not able to attend the session since I am a male, I find Bradshaw to be a hero for empowering women. I give her praise in empowering women at a time where women may not have a voice. Outcry is at the DePaul Art Museum and it is free of charge so I encourage you to see the gallery she has created.

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I'm An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.
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"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

Cover Image Credit: Macey Joe Mullins

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Independence Should Not Take Away A Woman's Femininity

Why is it that when a woman is extremely independent, it automatically cancels out her sensitive and gentle side?

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There is a running joke in my friend group about how I am the dominant person in relationships, and that I intimidate guys who are interested in me. If I am being completely honest, it is true.

I have a very strong and independent personality. I'm not a fan of people doing things for me that I feel I can do myself, like put together furniture or check the oil in my car. I ask my father to teach me how to do these things all the time, not because I plan to be single for the rest of my life, but because I don't like to depend on anyone to do things for me.

So why is it that this type of independence gets interpreted as "too manly" or unattractive? I completely understand that men are supposed to provide for and protect their families. In fact, I encourage all men to make that their goal when it comes to taking care of their family. What I don't understand is why that means women should dumb down their abilities to make the man feel superior.

Now don't get me wrong. When it comes to things like taking out the trash or changing a tire, yes, of course I would want my man to do it. All I'm saying is that it is okay for women to know how or want to do things on their own.

Another thing I notice is that women are expected to be emotional and wear our hearts on our sleeves.

That's not fair.

Anyone who knows me knows I am far from emotional. I am not a crier. I will not be in my feelings if we don't talk for a day. I don't like to talk about my personal life. I am just a very private person in general. Therefore, it is easy for me to keep my emotions out of things and not get attached to people.

These traits are too often considered "male traits." But there are plenty of women in the world who share these traits as well. It just means we need to be loved and cared for in a different way. This also means we need significant others who know how to respect, talk to, and deal with strong-minded individuals such as ourselves.

At the end of the day, everyone is different and has their own preferences and ideas. I just think strong independent women should not be stripped of their femininity because they can do a "man's job" better than a man can. Independent women need love too!

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