Name: The Untameable Shrews
Age: Founded September 2016
Red Bubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/untamableshrews
Where are you from? The Untameable Shrews were founded in Australia and have members all around the world, including the US, UK, New Zealand, Germany, Peru, Serbia and it is growing! We welcome any new radical feminists who want to get involved.
What/who inspires you? The Guerrilla Girls and Angry Sheilas were the main inspiration for starting The Untameable Shrews. Both participate in educational feminist street art, raising public awareness on feminist issues.
"The Guerrilla Girls are feminist activist artists. We wear gorilla masks in public and use facts, humour and outrageous visuals to expose gender and ethnic bias as well as corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture"
The Angry Sheila's are Australian feminists against the oppression and exploitation of all women and girls worldwide #womensliberation #antipornography #antiprostitution #antimaleviolence are on their agenda. They are named after the UK radical feminist academic Sheila Jeffreys and engage in consciousness raising street art and activism.
Give us a backstory on when you started being a creator. When did you start creating?
Prior to starting The Untameable Shrews we had groups of women independently undertaking feminist activism in Brisbane and Melbourne. This started in 2016 ripping down and painting over posters for strip clubs and brothels in Melbourne, Australia. In Brisbane radical feminists applied paste ups on strip clubs which inspired Melbourne activists to stencil and sticker bomb brothels and "gentlemen's clubs". The Untameable Shrews name and collective came together out of a radical feminist conference celebrating the feminist publisher Spinifex Press in 2016. Since making the collective present on social media it has snowballed from there with activists joining from around the world.
Not all members are trained artists but we do have academic artists and art historians involved. We even have an art professor as an active participant.
One fun fact about you: The Untameable Shrews engage in street art on toilet walls, sticker slaps on trains, in bus stops and writing over sexist advertising.
What inspires you about other creators/activists? Artists who are politically engaged and boldly tackling the hard issues to change the world and make it a better place. There aren't any individual artists I can speak of that are doing this, only the anonymous feminist collectives such as The Guerrilla Girls and Angry Sheilas. A lot of contemporary art is boring, superficial and self absorbed, desperately preoccupied with seeking money and fame on social media.
Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not? Yes. The Untameable Shrews are radical feminists. Radical feminism is woman centric and looks at the root cause of women's oppression which is patriarchy. They recognise that a woman's biology is the reason for our oppression and results in the control of our bodies and reproduction. Radical feminists are anti sex trade and anti pornography which are weapons of patriarchal oppression and control of women. These industries are sexually exploitative and oppressive of women and radical feminists are working towards the abolition of both. Radical feminists see gender as a socially constructed and oppressive tool of patriarchy. They are gender critical and gender abolitionists.