Title: Women come alive
Photographer(s): Michiko Matsumoto
Writer(s): Michiko Matsumoto
Designer(s): Michiko Sasaki
Publisher(s): Hanashi-no-Tokushu, Tokyo, Japan
Language(s): English, Japanese
Size: 21 x 29.6 cm
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: World, from 1970
" Seven years with women....
It was in the fall of 1970. Somebody gave me an important and exciting leeflet. It announced the formation of the first women's liberation group in Japan. This was the beginning of a new kind of women's movement....
...as I took picture after picture of these women who were crying out their names as though for the first time , something deep inside me began to respond and I felt a keen sensation that I, too, was really alive....
...This is indicative of women's historically passive role in society. An image of women that was created and interpreted by men came to b the standard image of beauty. It is symbolic of how much women have lost that they unconsciously accept and try to live up to this image. This petrification of the human sense of beauty has a devastating effect on women's ability to create their own national lifestyles."
From the introduction of Michiko Matsumoto