Local Tucson Art Scene

"Exerpt from the Book 'Girl Culture' by Lauren Greenfield," October, 2002

"In some circumstances, it may be a turnoff to guys that we're strong, but that's the price we pay. We give up some things for others that mean more to us. It's going to feel a lot better when you're winning a gold medal than it does feeling bad when one guy doesn't like you because you have big muscles. So it's a trade-off.

We want to be feminine, like any other girls, but we have this whole other side to our life, where we work our butts off every day doing something we love. To face something very challenging on a daily basis is something not many people do. You feel like you've accomplished something huge. There's nothing better than having a great workout, and doing that over and over again really gives you an edge on other people – especially growing up. You feel you can conquer things.

I think any female athlete has a sense of being kind of like Wonder Woman. You are able to do things that are a little closer to superhuman than normal girls. There's a little bit of Wonder Woman in everyone." - Jessica, 20 years old    

The Stanford University women's swim team, Palo Alto, California. In the Collection at Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona.
Lauren Greenfield’s "Girl Culture" at the Center for Creative Photography from October 5 to December 8, offers an intimate glimpse into the social lives and subcultures of modern girls and women. This recent photographic project presents a powerful indictment of an environment in which a girl’s worth is often measured by the shape and size of her body. Such "body projects" as grooming, make–up, fashion, plastic surgery, and dieting are portrayed in this exhibition.

What do we think about this show? Go see this show! We loved this show because it makes us think about American society today. If you look at these images you might see how American culture is transforming into some fluff, appearance based society. Are we are becoming the masters of the Grand Illusion. You think it's tuff to grow up as one of the girls represented in this show just wait 10 or 20 years when these girls have families and begin to teach their children. Are Greenfield's images just another aspect of the glamorization of our society? Has she really captured what it is like to grow up as a young woman in our society today, or has she fallen victim to the same endless trap as these young women? Do these images represent young women as a whole or has she chosen the extreme 20 or 30 percent? Is Greenfield using hype and glam to market her work the same way Viacom, MTV, and Hollywood, market their products, or is she journalistically revealing what is happening to young American women today? You can decide for yourself what Greenfield is presenting when you go see this show.