Mona Lisa smilingLet’s talk about wanting to fall apart;More Like This
Let’s talk about over-riding the one instinct
we all have in common,
Let’s talk about not wanting to get out of bed
for a day,
Let’s talk about timing the whole day to have
the least amount of social contact.
Let’s talk about faking smiles more than not,
about inwardly grimacing every time someone asks
“you seem quiet today, what’s wrong?”
because how can you explain that for some reason
this whole spinning aimlessly around the sun thing has
gotten tedious and the only spinning you seem to
be doing is out of control.
(but there is a reason, one that stretches beyond
the oh-your-parents-divorced-what-a-shame and the
oh-your-dad-wasn’t-exactly-what-we-expected and the
because I can’t see an end to the worst things and my bad luck
is coming in ninety-nines.
Let’s talk abo
Cognitive Dissonance and November FeatureCognitive dissonance, is the mental stress caused when someone holds two or more conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviours. The level of dissonance is determined by the importance of the cognition and the ratio divergence between dissonant elements.More Like This
I feel a little pang of cognitive dissonance every time I favourite a self portrait by a female artist or include the work of a female artist in a feature. The reason for this is because I am conscious of my own bias towards the female subject conflicting with my unrealised desire to have a gender balance in my favourites and features. My desire to reduce the dissonance, and this may appear to be classic justification behaviour, is hampered by a lack in quantity and quality of male self portraits.
So I suppose, the real issue isn't my slight cognitive dissonance every time I click the like button, but why there is such a disparity between men and women in the making of art with the self as subject. It is a