Why women’s bodies are a political battleground again

23 September 2016 Why women’s bodies are a political battleground again

 

In Turkish video artist Kutlug Ataman’s gut-churning work “Women Who Wear Wigs” (1999), he included a segment about young Islamic women forced to wear western-style wigs merely in order to attend college. We’re in the realm of Alice In Wonderland logic, here: it gets curiouser and curiouser. But still the political and cultural battles rage across women’s bodies, women’s heads. In response to that, have radical body politics taken a previously unthinkable direction?


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