Women are Heroes.
May 30, 2008 5:58 PM   Subscribe

Women are Heroes.

Project by JR. You may have seen his Face 2 Face project. Be sure to watch the Trailer. (Also on site, under the project link.)
posted by chunking express (18 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
they may be heroic. but they are still heroines.
posted by Postroad at 7:05 PM on May 30, 2008

Yeah, get yer gender-specific nouns here! Stewardesses, actresses, sabreuses, and chauffeuses. Like English has held onto anything but slight vestiges of its Germanic noun constructions.
posted by Peach at 7:47 PM on May 30, 2008 [1 favorite]

I'm a woman, and I prefer the term hero.

This is wonderful, by the way.
posted by mewithoutyou at 7:51 PM on May 30, 2008

they may be heroic. but they are still heroines.

And, in many countries, they have the freedom to become heroes if they can afford the operation.
posted by katillathehun at 7:51 PM on May 30, 2008

P.S. - I thought this was fantastic.
posted by katillathehun at 7:52 PM on May 30, 2008

You forgot poetess, Peach.

Great find - thank you.
posted by rtha at 7:58 PM on May 30, 2008

My personal favorite is aviatrix.

Good link!
posted by Justinian at 8:05 PM on May 30, 2008

Waitress. Jewess. Negress. Masseuse. Dominatrix.
posted by faceonmars at 8:24 PM on May 30, 2008

Waitress. Jewess. Negress. Masseuse. Dominatrix.

(fade to picture of Hillary)

I have been many things. But I have not yet been President.
posted by GuyZero at 8:36 PM on May 30, 2008 [2 favorites]

Hard for me to find this amazing. French guy takes pictures of African women who've suffered terribly from war or AIDS, puts them up as huge posters in Europe. Seems like kind of an easy applause line, and I'm concerned that efforts like this create an illusion of personal connection that isn't really there.
posted by msalt at 8:57 PM on May 30, 2008

I don't think this leads to feeling a false connection to Africa. He put the posters up in Africa, not just Europe.

It made the women smile. It made me smile to see them enjoying the project. I don't really see what harm he's doing.
posted by dosterm at 9:08 PM on May 30, 2008

I like "editrix". It's sassy.

Nice post, thank you!
posted by padraigin at 9:43 PM on May 30, 2008

That trailer was so moving. Phenomenal. Thank you for sharing a project I might have otherwise missed. Great post.
posted by numinous at 11:21 PM on May 30, 2008

I once heard a computerized female GPS voice referred to as the "nagivatrix".


Racist connotations aside, I can't help but giggle at this word. It brings to mind a stuffed-shirt Victorian racist with a monocle and a bowler hat discussing his forbidden desires in a polo club locker room.
posted by DecemberBoy at 12:52 AM on May 31, 2008

I like "editrix". It's sassy.

I have a friend who has "editrix" on her business card.

This Way to the Egress!
posted by languagehat at 5:53 AM on May 31, 2008

Les: What is an executrix?
Herb: I don't know. High heels and a whole lot of leather, something like that.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 1:23 AM on June 1, 2008

None of these would load very well for me, so I may be mistaken about the author's intentions. Near as I can figure, women are getting their pictures up on buildings after suffering some sort of trauma -- in the first case, rape.

So what really is the significance of calling her a hero?

I object to calling women "heroes" for surviving a man raping her. Calling women heros for putting with assholes is the exact same as calling them a saint for putting up with assholes. That is manipulative brainwashing, designed to encourage her to continue putting up with assholes.

There's nothing heroic about tolerating assholes, only a doormat does that. A real hero rips their fucking heart out, so they never do it again.
posted by bravelittletoaster at 4:40 PM on June 1, 2008 [1 favorite]

I'm not sure how I feel about that, but the work seems like emotional blackmail:
"Look at what these poor African women have gone through! How can you be such a cold-hearted bastard as to not love my art!?!" And so a European man advances in his career.
posted by msalt at 6:29 PM on June 1, 2008

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