Divine Masculine: Why I think the portrayal of the Divine Masculine in the bible argues against the miracle of life (this is just how I feel).

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The Divine Masculine (i.e. the Divine Masculine energy that we all share) is something that I think many people consider to not exist all. I feel that Divine Masculine is more than what I think a lot of people associate with masculinity as we know it in our society today. It’s common to assume that the ‘toxic masculine’ that we see played out in our society and in its structures, is the only form of masculinity. In this blog, I argue there is a different way of thinking about this, and a different way of thinking about ourselves and each other.

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The depiction of Eve in the Adam and Eve story: How Divine Feminine has been taught to us as betrayal, when actually, it’s just love. (This is just how I feel.)

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What ever happened to sensuality? To this idea of touch, of closeness, of connecting to your own beauty, your own sovereignty, your own place on this earth, to nature, to your own body, your clothes, your jewellery, your possessions? I would argue this idea of sensuality, of the Divine Feminine, has been shamed and side-lined for many generations.

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How does someone with an undergrad degree in Geography, Politics and International Relations, and a Masters in Human Geography, end up as an artist and holistic healer? Well, I’ll tell you, it’s easy.

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My career path may seem slightly outside of the norm, given my traditional academic degree, followed by a standard ‘office job’ for a short while, before becoming an artist and training as a holistic healer. However, to me, becoming an artist and holistic healer, with a background in geography, politics and international relations is an obvious career path (sort-of).

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Why I think infantilising ‘femininity’ in mainstream media and Hollywood is damaging to both men and women (and why I think it’s ok to be a woman).

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In this blog I explore the impact of ‘infantilising’ femininity, which has often been taught to us through mainstream media, popular culture and children’s entertainment. By this term, I mean showing women as incredibly young to the point of child-like, with no wrinkles, small waist and big bust, character traits that include naivety, ‘innocence,’ never setting any boundaries, letting everything happen to her without any awareness, being at the man’s beck and call, being reliant on the male gaze’s approval, seeking assurance from men, having less money and property than men (or none at all), and any ‘fierceness’ in characters, often portraying women fighting against the dominating father figure, attempting to ‘fight the patriarchy’ by sacrificing herself for her father’s unhappiness.

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Why did I choose watercolour painting as the artistic medium of choice for the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series?

Pictured: Artist Anna Frances, wearing Bi in the 2000s™ merch, with the original ‘Where do I fit in my cultural landscape?’ watercolour artwork in the background

For me it was an easy decision to paint with watercolour in the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series, for a lot of different reasons. I think for me, I was drawn to watercolour paint in particular because of its fluid and subtle nature, giving the artist infinite ways to explore colour, from its most faint, to its most distinct. I also find the fluid water component of watercolour a very calming and very natural element to work with, and I find the results often very moving, for that very reason. I think every artistic medium has its own qualities, and this is just one of the paints that I love working with.

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The privatisation of Hamilton House: Why does gentrification keep leading to something like this?

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Although Bristol City Council have rejected property company Connolly and Callahan’s latest application(s) to turn 2 blocks of Hamilton House into apartments in 2019, the future remains unknown for the formerly abandoned office block, turned iconic community and art centre in Stokes Croft, Bristol.   

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Pride flag: How useful is it see the rainbow LGBTQ+ Pride flag used on commercial logos and packaging?

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So you want to support LGBTQ+? You’ve bought your bacon, lettuce and tomato rainbow flag sandwich from M&S, you’ve bought your apple with a rainbow flag sticker for lunch from Pink Lady, you’ve bought your coffee in a rainbow coloured coffee holder from Starbucks, you’ve bought your rainbow trainers from Nike, you’ve been there, you’ve spent your money, you’ve got the proverbial t-shirt (from adidas). And how do you feel now? Do you feel proud to be you? Proud to support the LGBTQ+ community? Do you feel proud to embrace the side of you, that doesn’t necessarily fit into the hetero-normative narrative that we all have to love the same way? Or do you feel like a few trans-national corporations have just burnt a large hole in your wallet, you’ve continued to contribute to the global capitalist economy, and you’re still afraid to kiss someone that’s the same gender as you in public, for fear of public shame and discrimination?

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What’s it like to lose a parent, and be self-employed?

About a year and a half after I lost my dad to cancer, and I find myself in a really good place in a lot of ways. I’m working in a field I love, I’m doing what I believe in, I’m campaigning for social change, and I’m really happy in a lot of ways.

But the fact is, grief sucks.

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Bristol Art Tour: ‘Empty Plinth’ – the former site of the Edward Colston memorial, Colston Avenue, Bristol

Pictured: ‘Empty Plinth.’ Image: Anna Frances, 2021

As part of my Bristol Art Tour, I visited the former site of Edward Colston memorial on Colston Avenue, Bristol, which is now an empty plinth (you can watch my video here). The statue was removed by protestors, following race related protests worldwide which were sparked by worldwide outrage at the murder of George Floyd in the US in May 2020. The protests were peaceful, and the statue was disposed of in the Bristol Harbourside, in the River Avon.

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Money Money Money: Is it possible to make money, when your parents got a divorce?

In this video as part of my Money Money Money series, I ask the question: Is it possible to make money, when your parents got a divorce?

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