Who are the Guerrilla Girls?
“We’re a bunch of anonymous females who take the names of dead women artists as pseudonyms and appear in public wearing gorilla masks. We have produced posters, stickers, books, printed projects, and actions that expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world, film and the culture at large. We use humor to convey information, provoke discussion, and show that feminists can be funny. We wear gorilla masks to focus on the issues rather than our personalities. Dubbing ourselves the conscience of culture, we declare ourselves feminist counterparts to the mostly male tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Batman, and the Lone Ranger. Our work has been passed around the world by kindred spirits who we are proud to have as supporters. It has also appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Bitch and Bust; on TV and radio, including NPR, the BBC and CBC; and in countless art and feminist texts. The mystery surrounding our identities has attracted attention. We could be anyone; we are everywhere.”

(http://www.guerrillagirls.com/)

In 1985, a group of women artists founded the Guerrilla Girls. They assumed the names of dead women artists and wore gorilla masks in public, concealing their identities and focusing on the issues rather than their personalities. Between 1985 and 2000, close to 100 women, working collectively and anonymously, produced posters, billboards, public actions, books and other projects to make feminism funny and fashionable. At the turn of the millennium, three separate and independent incorporated groups formed to bring fake fur and feminism to new frontiers(http://www.guerrillagirls.com/).  They use witty artwork, posters, performances, and advertisements to spread feminist issues and open our eyes to the unfair and unequal treatment of women in present day culture.  They have declared war on our current cultural climate.  They are often referred as brilliant feminist pranksters.  We believe that groups like the Guerrilla Girls need to exist to help keep feminist theory on the forefront of the resistance to mainstream media.  We also feel that on of the most powerful ways to create awareness and interest is through humour and this is exactly what the Guerrilla Girls, as well as Adbusters on the note do.  Overall, the Guerrilla Girls do an amazing job of critiquing the use of female stereotypes that continue to exist in mainstream culture.

 

This is a blurb from the back of their newest book.
In their newest book, BITCHES, BIMBOS, AND BALLBREAKERS: The Guerrilla Girls’ Illustrated Guide to Female Stereotypes (Penguin paperback original; On Sale: Fall, 2003), the Girls focus their beady little eyes, and laser wit, on female stereotypes throughout the ages. Who isn’t familiar with such stereotypes as the Old Maid, the Trophy Wife, the Vamp, or the Prostitute with a Heart of Gold? In BITCHES, BIMBOS, AND BALLBREAKERS , the Girls take on the maze of stereotypes that follow women from the cradle to the grave. With subversive humor and great visuals they explore the history and significance of each stereotype as well as its evolution and the various manifestations each have taken on through the ages. They tag the Top Types, examine sexual slurs, and delve into the lives of real and fictional women who have become stereotypes—from Aunt Jemima and Tokyo Rose to June Cleaver. The Guerrilla Girls’ latest assault on injustice towards women will make people laugh, make them angry, and maybe, just maybe, make them change their minds. The wisecracking, but always clever style of the Guerrilla Girls makes BITCHES, BIMBOS, AND BALLBREAKERS both an entertaining and educational read that will appeal to readers of all genders and ages—provided they like a good laugh and a hearty dose of truth.

Some of Guerilla Girls Work:

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2 Responses to “Guerrilla Girls”

  1. infortuniosdeunachicaafortunada Says:

    I´ve read about them at University… Their work is awesome 😀

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