This Week In Women: Ryan Adams, Prada, & A Purity Ring "Art Project"
Patron saint of nasty women and three-time cancer survivor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to work today. The Supreme Court press office shared the news that she is returning for the first time since lung surgery in December. Her return is highly anticipated — RBG filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West overnighted a card on Thursday signed by over 30 Hollywood icons including Regina King, Helen Mirren, Glenn Close, Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, and more with personalized messages of “Get Well Soon.” Needless to say, we are infinitely thankful to have our Notorious RBG back in action.
This week we are breaking down pop culture headlines that are taking on music, art, and fashion. It’s time for This Week in Women!
Allegations Against Ryan Adams Grow, Mandy Moore Enters The Fray
Musician Ryan Adams’ album release has been cancelled due to an F.B.I. inquiry against the singer rising from allegations of “explicit communications with an underage fan” that came to light in a recent . The explosive piece highlights detailed allegations against the singer in which he exploited female artists with opportunities in exchange for sex. Musicians cited in the article include Phoebe Bridgers and his ex-wife Mandy Moore. The report also dives into an inappropriate correspondence with an underage bass player.
“Speaking your truth can be painful and triggering but it’s always worth it. My heart is with all women who have suffered any sort of trauma or abuse. You are seen and heard. #sisterhoodforever,” Moore on Thursday.
Adams responded to the report saying some of the details are “misrepresented” and “exaggerated.”
Prada Creates a Diversity and Inclusion Council
Several luxury labels are facing public backlash after recent blackface accusations, including an in December. On Wednesday, CEO and Lead Creative Director Miuccia Prada announced a new Diversity and Inclusion Council for the Label that will be co-chaired by Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates. “Prada is committed to cultivating, recruiting and retaining diverse talent to contribute to all departments of the company,” said Miuccia Prada in a statement.
DuVernay is a director, producer, writer and creative force behind works, such as A Wrinkle in Time, Queen Sugar, and Selma. She founded ARRAY – an African-American film festival and independent film collective – in 2010. She is a vocal activist and advocate around inclusion and elevating the voices of women of color. Gates, an artist and professor, is the Executive Director of and has collaborated with Prada on past initiatives.
“In addition to amplifying voices of color within the industry we will help ensure that the fashion world is reflective of the world in which we live, and we are thrilled to be working with longtime collaborators Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates on this important initiative. We look forward to working with the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council to help us grow not only as a company but also as individuals.”
Purity Rings Get New Life in Vulva Sculpture
New York Times bestselling author and Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Webera call-to-action for women to send her their purity rings to be used for a “massive art project.” The piece de resistance was crafted in collaboration with artist Nancy Anderson of Sweet Bird Studio, and presented to Gloria Steinem at the 2019 MAKERS conference this week.
Most epic moment EVER. 👏 Nadia Bolz-Weber melted down women's purity rings to make a vagina sculpture, which she presented to @GloriaSteinem at the #MAKERSConference ✊@Sarcasticluther @SweetBirdStudio pic.twitter.com/NPikZcrxJs
— MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) February 15, 2019
“This thing about women that the church has tried to hide and control and that is a canvas on which other people can write their own righteousness ― it’s actually ours,” Bolz-Weber told . “This part of me is mine and I get to determine what is good for it and if it’s beautiful and how I use it in the world.”
Featured image via NME
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