EDITOR'S NOTE fiona jessop
As the birth of something should be a monumental event, the theme of this first issue of UNTAMED aims to make a statement: "THE FEMINIST ISSUE". With the topic of feminism at its peak and social media being a big influence in spreading awareness, we dare to ask the following questions: What is feminism at its core and why is it more important than ever? Where is inequality still prevalent in today's society and how are select women trying to fight it?
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FEMINISM: MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER by emma barnes-wetere PHOTO:
Today the fight for feminism is more
information about sexuality, race, love,
prevalent and stronger than ever. Inspired
violence and a variety of other topics,
and encouraged not by international
everydayfeminism.com is a voice for female-
organisations or specific leaders, today’s
social injustice today.
feminists connect and unite through social media and the Internet. Due to the advancements of technology in the 21st century, methods of connecting, sharing, learning and voicing your own message on a global scale are far more accessible. As a result of this, many people, young and old, are able to associate and find common ground with others who share the same views and interests all over the world. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that more and more people are interacting, acknowledging and uniting in the fight to make positive changes for the feminist
#TIMESUP is a movement against sexual harassment. Founded by Hollywood celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Mark Wahlberg and William Morris Endeavor in response to the sexual abuse of Hollywood celebrities by Harvey Weinstein. An additional social media platform with a wide following is @feminist on Instagram. Spreading empowerment and the belief that we are all equal, @feminist works to get more and more people involved in the movement for change.
While every feminist-social media account or
PLATFORMS INSPIRING CHANGE
Internet platform shares and acknowledges
Founded by feminist and British model, Abwoa Aboah, gurlstalk.com is a platform where girls can openly share their experiences in a safe and trusting environment. With a variety of pro-women content and the opportunity for girls to submit their own stories, it comes as no surprise @gurlstalk has over 168,000 followers on Instagram. Everydayfeminism.com is a magazine and website which includes online self-love courses. Answering questions and sharing
different aspects of femininity and the feminist movement, the general concept is that girls can unite in a fight for reform. Ten years ago, only 24 percent of women surveyed by CBS News considered themselves feminists. Now jump forward to a 2015 poll conducted by The Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation, which found that 68 percent of women say that there is still a need for a strong women’s movement today, and 60 percent of women (and 47 percent of the public) identified themselves as feminists.
Barbara Crow, dean and associate vice-
women’s movement, and there’s a wider
president of graduate studies at York
range of issues. The women’s marches raised
University explains, “For the first time in
consciousness of these issues and it was
Western industrial history, we’re in a society
incredible to see how many people are
where women don’t need to marry for
committed to social change. And now we
economic security,” Crow says. “It’s a huge
need to take it from protest to change.”
shift in what was an imbalance between men and women.”
Moving forward, 2018 has been another year of advancement in the feminist movement.
Crow also believes trans-gender women
The harsh realities are that there are still well
have significantly helped the feminism
over 20 prominent nations that discriminate
movement break down gender barriers. “I
against females by preventing them from
think transgender women are like the
learning. There is still a pay gap: women earn
radical feminists of the ’60s — they’re
80c for every $1 earned by men in the US.
provoking us and making us think about
Women make up 51% of the US population
gender in another way,” she says. “I’m
but only 19% of Congress.
looking forward to seeing what the trans feminists are going to make available to us.”
Just as feminists have fought for women’s rights in the past, we are facing new global
Meg Luxton, professor of gender and
issues that produce the same degradation
women’s studies at the University of Toronto
and pain. But the feminist movement is alive
points to the growth of male support of the
and advancing, calling more people to
feminist movement. “One of the ways in
action every moment.
which things have changed is that there’s a segment of men who have really proven
It’s not a question of if, but when the next
they can be allies of feminists. If you try to
pro-female political breakthrough will be.
promote politics that say men are the problem, and women have to organize as women and create women-only spaces, I don’t think you’d find a lot of supporters these days.” “The work that’s going on now is more localized,” Luxton says. “We’re seeing legislative changes and the implementation of collective bargaining rights for workers in unions. And there’s a real mobilization of indigenous women and women of colour who have put anti-colonial and racist issues on the central agenda.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Passionate about activism, feminism and equality, Emma is a fifteen-year-old blogger writing about world issues with an intention of raising awareness, starting conversations and making a change. Launching her own blog last year, Emma loves that she can connect with people all over the world through her website. Living in
“There’s more global context than before,” Crow says. “It is segregated into more special interests as opposed to one uniform
New Zealand, she is a big fan of nature and the outdoors. UNTAMED is her first magazine piece.
As the world is full of strong, creative,
intelligent women, I thought I would
WOMEN: A LIST
are passionate about what they do
By Jasper from jasperblogs
as well as me and you!
share some with you. These women and hope to inspire future generations
OPRAH WINFREY First up is Oprah, who is the host of her own talk show, the Oprah Winfrey Show. She was born in Mississippi, in a poor area. During most of her childhood, she lived with her mother in a small farming community where she was sexually abused by several male relatives. She left home to live with her father in Nashville. This is where her career started. She began working in a radio broadcasting, and later started her own show. She firmly believes that women around the world deserve equal respect as men and so she supports many organizations improving the lives of women and girls around the world.
MALALA YOUSAFZAI When Malala was a young girl, she spoke up against the Taliban in Pakistan, demanding girls receive an education. She was shot in the head by a soldier, and survived and later won a noble peace prize. Malala is influential because she stood up for what she believed in and encouraged women around the globe to do so too!
AUDREY HEPBURN Next up is Audrey Hepburn. I'm sure you have recognized her in many movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday, and Sabrina. She is influential because she broke gender norms, wanting to make women comfortable through fashion and she also was a UNICEF ambassador. She made many trips around the world, helping people in need.
FRIDA KAHLO Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who encouraged women to love and embrace their natural beauty. When she was young, Frida was involved in a car crash, and ended up losing her leg. However, she did not let this accident limit her. She also embraced body hair, as she is commonly known for having a unibrow and slight moustache. She taught women that everyone is beautiful, and you should love yourself for who you are.
Jasper is a fifteen year old design, fashion and lifestyle blogger from Canada. As a passionate designer and artist, as well as music and fashion lover, she shares everything from outfit Inspiration to her own art. When she is not blogging, you can find her shopping, Surfing, on picnics with friends and taking pictures. Click to visit her blog here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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WOMEN IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY by priya francis One of the topics that makes me passionate,
men and women equally, so it’s only natural
is music, and in turn, the music industry.
that as we as a society and culture develop a
However, the music industry is an ever-
greater understanding of what it means to
evolving, always changing road to navigate,
strive for equality, we expect the same
especially as a young woman. The industry is
changes to be made and the same
just another of many industries where for so
standards to be in, within the music
long, women have been overlooked.
That said, there are steps being taken to stop that cycle, women are moving to the
SINGERS WHO DIRECTLY FEEL THE IMPACT OF SUCH SEXISM
forefront, and the music industry is at least
ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF
attempting to reach some sort of equality in
THESE CHANGES, AND MANY OF
the way that women and men are presented
THEM BRING LARGE
to the public.
FOLLOWERS AND CONSUMER SUPPORT.
A lot of the changes being made, are largely artist and consumer driven. It’s a hard bet to expect those in board rooms, up in the high
Listening to music has evolved into more
chairs, a large amount of whom are men,
than just buying or streaming the album to
will take the losses and make the cuts
listen to in your bedroom, or buying a ticket
needed to reach a fair decision that impacts
to see an artist live. It’s become an
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investment into the person behind the music, and a lot of the time that also means what they stand for, what they align themselves with, and what they choose to do outside of their careers. Artists like Camp Cope. Camp Cope, an all female alternative-rock band from Melbourne, Australia have been described as ‘the sound of the #MeToo generation’. I mean, consider this. They were given a pretty lowly spot on Falls Festival, an Australia festival that runs over New Year’s Eve, and their tent was jam-packed. Considering they met the audience number of their male counterparts who were playing on much larger stages at far more convenient times, it’s fair to say they were
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and in protest of the mistreatment and Their response was to publicly call out the
violence faced by the African American
organisers of the festival in the middle of
community. That type of decision on
their set, not only for the mediocre time-slot
Rihanna’s part, could have proved
they were given, but also for the uneven
detrimental for her career a few years back,
balance of female to male performers at the
but the leaps that female artists have made
festival that year.
in the last few years mean that there are a few huge key players able to make those
Last year Kesha was at the forefront of the
type of decision. Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady
#MeToo movement, after years out of the
Gaga, three of the top pop artists, covered in
spotlight, following an extended period of
the media extensively, have all had their
time where her own producer, someone she
own controversial moments, yet remained in
looked up to and trusted, abused her. The
impact of Kesha’s case was felt throughout the music industry, and it extended into
However, while there are huge artists like
society in the form of the #MeToo
those mentioned before taking direct
movement which Kesha deeply aligned
control over their artistry, their decisions,
taking back their autonomy as female artists, there are plenty of aspects surrounding the
Most recently, Rihanna turned down an offer
music industry that is yet to catch up.
to perform at the Super Bowl, a huge
Majority of large corporate, board-room
opportunity, in support of Collin Kaepernick
positions in the music industry are held by
and his decision to take the knee during the
men, which becomes an issue when we see
national anthem in support of black lives
the way female artists are marketed
that at a high, professional level, I believe it
compared to male artists, as well as how
needs to start with independents and
much harder female artists have to work, to
smaller industry sectors.
get to the same places their male counterparts get to. The ‘boys club’
The live sector, for example, needs to pull it’s
mentality is still very prevalent in the music
socks up. The huge disparity in the ration of
industry, and it makes it significantly harder
men to female acts performing at festivals
for women to get a foot in the door,
needs to change, and we’re slowly seeing
especially in regards to corporate jobs,
that happening, as we as a society are more
events, management, A&R, positions that
aware of who we see on stage. There’s an
contribute greatly to the music industry, but
ownership on consumers to call out
aren’t necessarily performing roles.
production companies, event management
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Billboard publish a Power 100 every year of
and coordinators when lineups are dropped
people in the music industry, and the scope
with little to few female acts. This was
extends to live, recorded and management
recently done with the latest lineup for
music. In 2018, a year where we’ve worked so
Byron Bay music festival, BluesFest, where
hard for equality and equity, women made
the females featured on the initial line-up
up only 17% of that list. 17%. This ultimately
could be counted on one hand.
comes down to the need to work harder, the
THE AGE OLD MOTTO OF
gender biases, lack of opportunity and lack
‘SUPPLY AND DEMAND’ IS NO
of role models available for younger women only just getting into the industry. While bigger artists are making big moves in
DIFFERENT WITH THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND STILL RINGS TRUE.
terms of striving for equality, really demanding the equal treatment of women in the music industry, it’s a business that has a huge flow on effect. To get your foot in the
However as generations open their minds,
door is to get yourself a place within a much
learn and expand their expectations, grow
smaller, tight-knit industry than people
and engage with the industry, the music
assume, and with it being so hard to tackle
sector can only deliver what we ask for.
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TOP MUSIC PICKS by priya francis
empowering playlist Future Heroine - Ecca Vandal Independent Woman - Destiny’s Child Venus Fly - Grimes, Janelle Monae Diva - Beyonce Go To Hell - Empress Of Grown - Chloe x Halle Tyrant - Kali Uchis, Jorja Smith Overcome - Laura Mvula Nexus Niykee Heaton Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood Be Careful - Cardi B CRZY - Kehlani OMG - Camila Cabello, Queova Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato you should see me in a crown - Billie Eilish PHOTO: CORA ALVAREZ
Priya is a 20 year o ld studen t, writer and music ian from M e lb ourne, R Australia. AUTHO Her blog, E H T T Y ou Should ABOU was launc Hear, hed in 20 16, and ha a plethora s featured of playlist curations recomme , song ndations, artist inte concert re rviews, views and in sights int life of a m o the usic stud ent. Outs ide of her blog, Priy a spends most of h er time writing an d recordin g h e r own mu which sh sic, e shares o nline thro Spotify an ugh d SoundC lo u d , and is studying a Bachelo r of Arts in Industry. Music
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THE PEOPLE BEHIND: g i r l s , m a n . by fiona jessop
"FEMINISM TO US IS UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTING WHERE FEMININITY CAN BE AND NOT DICTATING WHERE FEMININITY CAN’T BE."
In this feature of The Person Behind UNTAMED editor Fiona Jessop talks to content creators Sol and Natasha, who give an inside look into their purpose, beliefs and the message behind their creations.
UNTAMED: How many people are
vary, we sometimes come up with a
behind Girls, man?
vision, a message, a decade, or even a color scheme. Other times, people
There are two people involved in Girls,
approach us with a creative vision,
man. Sol Helou and Natasha Austrich.
concept or aesthetic and we help execute it.
What prompted you to team up and create your Instagram account and
As a female myself, I experience
misogyny in my day-to-day life – it actually seems to be increasing again –
We have been friends since middle
Do you think we are currently taking a
school, and fell in love with analog
step back in history regarding the
photography when we were kids. We
woman’s role and rights in society?
realized that we shared similar artistic visions and complementing aesthetic
We think to say that society is taking a
preferences. It helps that we’re
step backwards negates the efforts of
so many important woman from the past and present. We find that it is also
One thing that instantly drew me to
important to take a step back and
your content was the message behind
consider that there are many different
it. What principles does Girls, man
definitions of feminism, and not every
effort to further women’s rights will look the same.
The last few years has been an environment for change in society, and
We agree that there is room for
we found art to be the best outlet for
improvement and infinite steps
our voice. So we decided to create
forward that we can take. The
Girls, man. to break down the polarity
women’s rights movements is very
in society’s understanding of gender.
much prominent and the message is
Everything is masculine. Everything is
being said, it’s important to encourage
those around you to keep challenging the current norm and advocating for
Could you describe the creative
process behind your images? Do you believe the term “feminism” is In a world like today when we’re
outdated or misleading? From my
constantly being saturated with
experience a very common question
different forms of media, it’s not hard
we get asked is why we don’t call
to be inspired. The beginnings can
ourselves equalists or even humanists.
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Which brings me to the question...
femininity can be and not dictating
what does feminism mean to you?
where femininity can’t be.
We don’t think that the term is
What do you think about all of
outdated but rather that the term has
the faux-feminists out there or women
organically evolved. There are infinite
claiming not to be feminists?
interpretations of the word feminism and we feel often frustration comes
We think that it goes back to each
from expecting everyones
person’s definition of feminism. We
understanding to be the same.
can’t be sure but we think often
Personally, our definition of feminism
people don’t agree with someone
is standing up for the destruction of
else’s definition of feminism and reject
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gender polarity. We feel that
the word completely. Often,
masculinity and femininity are
people who explicitly choose to not
expected to act as opposites.
label themselves as feminist are the greatest contributors to the cause.
Our tactic or way of approaching this issue is emphasizing how femininity
How do you function/work as a team?
can be found everywhere, just like
Does a lot of coordination take place
masculinity. We challenge people to
over social media and other digital
question their own definitions of
feminine, often traits are arbitrarily assigned a gender, something as silly
Our similar artistic vision makes the
as dancing is stereotypically labeled as
process run smoothly. As far as social
“girly”. Feminism to us is
media, we think of our followers as
understanding and accepting where
part of the team and are always
accepting and encouraging collaborations. Do you believe social media to be a weapon or a disadvantage in the fight for equal rights? It is a platform. We agree that sometimes it can be a bit destructive but at the end of the day it is a means to be heard globally. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in store for the future of Girls, man? Stay tuned!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fiona Jessop is a 19-year-old student, blogger and photographer based in Vienna, Austria. Born carrying an intense curiosity for the world and the people in it, she has always sought to make her own mark, starting with her personal blog, Questions From A Teenager. Where you can find her: chilling in a cafĂŠ or park with the works of Bukowski, sitting in a train scribbling in her journal or out with friends exploring.
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SHE by the muddled lass
A lady became a wife, she made a beautiful bride. She held that smile, stretching my thoughts to a thousand miles. But there have been times that remain unspoken, all the cries that hide behind her bridal shine. The cries who were wanting to pour out of the perfectly set-powdered face. Red lips, shining with perfection, sitting appropriately while her in-laws have a discussion about the dowry money they will take. It took hours to make a decision for the wedding, her parents overlooked all the protestant cries she was shedding. She condoned to their wants, she respected their needs. Never once thinking about the alternative her life could be. But regardless she says, her parents and in-laws are always the best. She's one among the rest. She cried her heart out, she made her sorrow flee, she managed it out for the time being. If only they listened, if only they made, the choices in accordance with her fate. Things would've been different, they can still change. Her love and life have now become one and the same.
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P U L L by fiona jessop
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I was never one to be the loudest shy and timid as I was I spoke my truths quietly , lest they burdened those close to me. That was before I grasped that neither worries, nor their gravity are defined by the volume with which they are spoken out loud, for silent truths can w e i g h you down, more than those others are so eager to get off their chests.
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