Emma Bee Bernstein was born in 1985 and grew up on the upper west side of Manhattan. She graduated in June 2007 from the University of Chicago with a BA with honors in Visual Arts & Art History. She wrote her senior thesis on feminism and fashion in contemporary photography, and showed her Masquerade series as part of her senior thesis show. She also exhibited her photographs at A.I.R. Gallery in NYC, the Smart Museum in Chicago, and in numerous student exhibitions at the University of Chicago. She was featured in the New York Times for her work in Vita Excolatur, a University of Chicago erotica magazine and wrote an article on feminist art for M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online #4. Emma was the star of the film Emma's Dilemma, directed by Henry Hills, in which she interviews dozens of artists from the downtown NYC scene. She worked as a curatorial assistant in the Photography, Contemporary Art, and Prints & Drawings departments at the Art Institute of Chicago, at the Renaissance Society, and was a docent at the Smart Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum. She worked as a Teaching Artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and was an involved mentor and teacher for Step Up Women’s Network. With Nona Willis Aronowitz, Emma conceived the GIRLdrive project: a cross-country trip to interview and photograph a multitude of diverse women, reflecting on the present state of feminism and social activism. GIRLdrive has a blog and is a forthcoming book from Seal Press. Emma died in December 2008 at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, where she had an internship. Emma is survived by her parents Susan Bee and Charles Bernstein and her brother Felix.
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My own blog, A Blog Without a Bicycle: Riding the Cyberwave of Feminism, started as a part of my M.A. thesis on feminism and social activism online. It lives on as a place for me to share resources and pop-culture critique as well as to build my professional career through the network and platform my weblog provides. Blogging has opened many doors for me – not only have I had the opportunity to meet fabulous feminist leaders and contribute to causes I believe in, I’ve also found myself tapped to contribute features, present on panels, and teach workshops on blogging and online activism.
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Note, however, that not all agree with such an expansive definition offeminism. One might agree that feminists ought to work to end allforms of oppression — oppression is unjust and feminists, likeeveryone else, have a moral obligation to fight injustice —without maintaining that it is the mission of feminism to end alloppression. One might even believe that in order to accomplishfeminism's goals it is necessary to combat racism and economicexploitation, but also think that there is a narrower set ofspecifically feminist objectives. In other words, opposing oppressionin its many forms may be instrumental to, even a necessary means to,feminism, but not intrinsic to it. E.g., bell hooks argues: