This coming Saturday we will discuss Deborah Copaken Kogan’s recent article published in The Nation, entitled, “My So-Called ‘Post-Feminist’ Life in Arts and Letters.” Known not only for her writing, but also for her career as a photo journalist, Copaken Kogan’s article examines the trajectory of her own life within the context of the multitudinous elements of feminist history, and ultimately begs important questions about “post-Feminism” and what it really means.
DCK reminds us that “The past is not gone. Or as Faulkner wrote, ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past.’ Until it is, we should not be expected to get over it.”
Find and read this brilliant article here: http://www.thenation.com/article/173743/my-so-called-post-feminist-life-arts-and-letters. DCK contextualizes popularized feminist issues in a smart, confrontational manner that asks us to look again, and to look more closely. Her historical markers include (but are in no way limited to) events and publications as recent as Steubenville and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, and go back as far as the late 1960’s and the boom of Feminism’s Second Wave.
We will also look at some excepts from her seminal book, Shutterbabe, which provides detailed accounts of Copaken Kogan’s earlier years as a war photographer in Afganistan, amongst many other places.
As always, we will be holding court at the Sitting Room, located at 2025 Curtis Drive in Penngrove from 11am-1pm this Saturday (April 20th).
I so look forward to this discussion!