WATCH: Using Dance to ‘Define Feminism’

Via Anthony Peduzzi/YouTube.
By Taylor Kuether

Following the infamous “He For She” speech presented by Emma Watson, I was inspired to make a difference. I was inspired by the initiative she was taking to stand up for gender equality. I was inspired that she was extending feminism as an option for more people. I wanted to do something similar, but with my own passion.

I began researching more and more about feminism. I found what I think is an issue within the feminist movement: the lack of demonstrating what feminism actually is. The most basic definition of feminism is simply equality for all persons, without regard to gender, race, class, ability, sexual orientation, etc. I wanted to create something that portrayed feminism in its truest state, as synonymous with equality.

I believe art has the power to change the world. As a dance major at Point Park University, I recognized how easily I could create something powerful with my peers. Dance is a great medium to explore deep concepts because it enables a strong connection with the audience. When humans watch humans portray emotion through movement, there is a natural connection made. The connection created by dance, I find, can be more powerful than almost anything.

Once I began to finalize my initial vision, I turned to a close friend and talented Cinema Arts major, Anthony Peduzzi. I shared with him my idea of creating a dance on film that portrayed gender equality. We both continued researching for it over the next few weeks. I spent much of this period thinking about how my choreography could represent equality. I felt choosing a song would be a strong starting point. I chose “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” by Young the Giant because this iconic song has been around for about 50 years, but was covered by a more modern group. Just like feminism: A topic that is age-old, but still an issue today.

I hope this video portrays feminism as equality, as was my intent. Enjoy.

By Taylor Kuether

Taylor is a journalist, feminist, cat enthusiast, and proud Wisconsin native. She works for Feminist Majority Foundation as the Campus Communications Associate. Her two favorite things besides her cat, Emma, are coffee and art museums.

1 comment

  1. Lauren ,
    I just wanted to thank you for your work . I have been doing multi-media education about violence against women for 20yrs. now . Your work is more cerebral then mine , but just as important . I hope you will visit my web-site to view my interpretation of injustices towards women . Thank you again , and keep doing what you do .

    Nancy Hulse
    Womynkind Productions

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