AAD011 Gender


The artist Frida Kahlo perfectly represents womanhood and real femininity throughout her works such as her self portraits. In these portraits Kahlo challenges society’s demands for how Woman should look and act, women are supposed to be perfectly groomed with hair only in the right places but just like men we grow hair on our face, underarms and legs the same way a man does, yet women are expected to upkeep an extensive grooming process because we shouldn’t have this hair if we want to be “feminine”. Kahlo includes her hair by showing her thick uni row and moustache, to me this shows real femininity as this hair is natural, she finds happiness in her natural femininity. If hair is a mans feature then why do women also have it? If anything it is false to expect women to be shaven and groomed as this isn’t us naturally. Kahlo showing pride in his natural looks is the highest display of a woman happy in her own looks and being proud to be born into her own body.

(Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940, By Frida Kahlo, 2021)

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Fridakahlo.org. 2021. Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940, By Frida Kahlo. [online] Available at: <https://www.fridakahlo.org/self-portrait-with-thorn-necklace-and-hummingbird.jsp> [Accessed 10 March 2021].

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