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Some might say that feminism is dead–that it’s turned into a bunch of whiny man-hating vindictive females trying to make a statement that many consider irrelevant in the modern age. It’s no surprise either, because many unpopular political movements that require radical cultural change and consciousness raising have been accused of being trivial and unnecessary –because it’s easier (and more tempting) to dismiss them, rather than consider their validity. This is because it can be really hard to look in the mirror as individuals existing within a culture and do the hard work of evolving, because doing so requires venturing into the unknown –something the majority, historically, has loved to avoid. And so, destructive and stagnating patterns have persisted and continue to do so.

Many people are unaware of what the word “feminism” even means, and might be surprised to find out that it is generally defined as, “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.” All politics aside, this doesn’t sound like an unreasonable objective to have in a world that has irrefutably oppressed women for thousands of years. Yet, many people who might have called themselves feminists 10 years ago, now call themselves humanists –the general concept that no one should be excluded from the ability to make progress in this world, and that everyone should have an equal chance at everything. I have considered this perspective, and while I do agree with the sentiment of humanism that everyone deserves an equal chance, I feel, in this context, it dismisses the history of oppression women have endured, and glosses over the importance of addressing that, in favor of letting all the bad publicity the feminist movement has gotten herd them into dismissing it entirely, based on the ideas of a few weirdly conservative (and highly vocal) sex-negative people who also happen to call themselves feminists. It’s a huge issue with many opinions, but regardless of what you call yourself, I hope you agree that consciousness evolution needs to take place if we are able to assess the inherent value of each valid (non-biased, non-bigoted, etc.) perspective.

With this project initiative, it is my goal to bring awareness to the artists who may fly under the radar because of, one, the inherent commercialism of the music industry and, two, the tendency of this (male-dominated) industry to exclude the promotion of individuals or groups that it considers hard to sell, or not worth selling to the public. In light of the fact that cognitive bias exists (where social perception is subjective instead of objective), it oftentimes takes radical action to change things and bring enlightenment to the inherent ignorance that comes with bias. I feel that facilitating the promotion of artists who may fall through the cracks created by cognitive bias can help bring important work to light, that have little outlet to be seen or heard of.

With this repository, I have begun the process of documenting artists who have been working in disciplines related to digital arts, including music, visual art, performance, and promotion of the arts, among others. It is my goal to bring greater diversity to this blog, and to continue to document artists who also happen to be female or non-binary. It is not that I am intentionally trying to exclude people who don’t identify as female, it is that I feel that there needs to exist a space where these artists can have a voice to share their unique experiences and work in a world where their voices are often silenced, and their contributions devalued or ignored. I hope that whoever stumbles upon this blog understands the worth of having such a space, and experiences the content on this site with the intention of elevating and expanding their own consciousness. I also hope that people realize this is a work in progress, done without monetary compensation, by one individual who has almost 20 years experience as a female electronic music composer and performer. Thank you for reading this, and I hope you enjoy Femmecult.