Gender & Sexuality

For the issue of gender & sexuality, MADE HERE explores the challenges that women face working in the art world, how gender and sexuality are portrayed on stage, and how they inform an artist’s work. The artists in these episodes share their struggles and personal stories of navigating gender and sexuality while creating art.

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Women in The Arts

Sexuality in The Performing Arts

Artistic and Sexual Identity


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episode 3: Identity

Many art communities have embraced gay culture and openly incorporated it into their work. However, a lot of mainstream art on TV and in film has still not fully accepted gay culture and gay performers. How does sexuality truly impact a performer’s work? Does sexuality define an artist?

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Women in The Arts

Do you feel that women are fairly represented in artistic leadership positions in the performing arts? How or how not?

  • jjb said:

    Women don’t seem to be fairly represented in artistic leadership positions, though they exist. Just because they exist (examples like Diane Paulus, Anne Bogart, Emily Mann, Elizabeth Streb, Young Jean Lee) I think women have a false security that it’s a better deal than it actually is. If you look at the stats, the awards, pay scale, opportunities, the pendulum always seems to swing in the direction of male counterparts. And for women of color, I would make the leap that it’s an even tougher road.

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