Everybody Wants Respect

Rhiannon Parkinson reflects on the ways in which gender alters meaning and perception in pop songwriting. I generally believe that the gender of a songwriter should not matter. Women write songs which are sung by men, men write songs sung by women, with themes and sentiments often appearing to be universal, or at least gender…

Venus Envy

From the titillating seraphim and cherubim of early church frescoes through the whole contentious history of nude painting, up to Allen Jones’s sculptures of women as objectified sex objects, and Manet’s Olympia, male artists have never fought shy of expressing their fantasies as visual art. In the 21st century, 40 years after feminism first attempted…