Reframing Domesticity

Abstract:

Domesticity, traditionally and historically, and as described in common terms, is the fondness one has for running a home. Feminism often casts the term in a negative light in order to empower women toward equality, but feminism also provides us with a more contemporary framing of domesticity. This paper aims to reframe domesticity as a coping mechanism to fill the void left by the “feminist sublime”, or terror women feel at being unable to control their environment. The prevalence of traditional, and stereotypically domestic, craft methods in contemporary art provides a lens through which to reexamine domesticity.

Reframing Domesticity

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