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The Last Veiled Feminist
By Swartzentruber   |   Watch
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Published: October 24, 2006
© 2006 - 2019 Swartzentruber
The Last Veiled Feminist 40x30, 2002, oil on canvas.
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The heroine sits on an inanimate rocker implanted in the soil. The chair provides the security of tradition. The phallic desires of men cut at her clothing, tempting her to abandon the dress that camouflages her femininity. Her liberated friends discard their conservative garb, striding towards modernity and worldliness. The praying man symbolizes the much-debated role of headship. The Bible suggests that the veil gives the woman the protection of angels. My Mennonite ancestors embraced this esoteric symbol with great conviction although at one time it was fashionable for all women. Email comments to the artist.
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