Feminism test by Modigliani

Do you believe that any woman is strongly driven by her desire to look sexually attractive in the eye of a man? Do you think a feminist may rationally reject this motivation, but deep down that’s still a powerful drive? The last question effectively means all the feminist rejection of sex appeal is 99% compensation of the sad fact that men have been looking elsewhere. I leave 1% to the ineffable plan of whichever god was responsible for wiring up neurons in the human brain.

Now, the test.

If you answer YES to both questions people may think you are a misogynic chauvinist boar (if you are a man) or a traitor of your sex’s future (if you are a woman). Some other people may award you a free beer for honesty, or even the last meal of the condemned.

If you answer NO to both questions, you are very likely to be a feminist sympathiser. If you answer NO to both questions AND want to write a comment telling me I am a misogynic bastard and should fly back to my home planet and shut the temporal-spatial hole behind me, you are most likely a devout feminist.

If you answered “yes” to one question and “no” to the other (it doesn’t matter which one) you might want to consider a bit of this. Or, perhaps, it is me who needs to revisit it.

DON’T brand me an MCP (male chauvinist pig), for I don’t grunt when I dig for my acorns. I am just showing paintings and explaining why they’re good. Or any good. The temporal-spatial vortex that let me in has shut down on itself, so I have a right to refuge, dental care and use of written words.

But it is important that you remember your answers to these questions.  

The next step is to look at these paintings by Modigliani. Two nude women.

  • Which of them do you like? First, second, or both?
  • Which of them do you like most?
  • What are the differences between the paintings?

Nude 1


Nude 2 (with apologies for light reflections – my phone camera is good, but sunlight betters it hands down)


Tomorrow, we will analyse these paintings and their relationship to feminist ideas.

You may want to check out this post about Modigliani’s secrets to better understand the artist.

In the meantime, I’d love to share the atmosphere of one of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe. I will be advertising Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) – without any hope of them ever thanking me for this, so it must be good. Please stay tuned in for some nice pics during the day.

And, to keep you entertained, there is one more sculpture in Martigny’s sculpture park (about 40 km away from Montreux), the Tit by Cesar (who is most famous for his Finger piece).


Can you guess why it is the only sculpture in the park with a wire fence around it?


  1. I had to follow the link) I like the 2nd more for sure, and actually from both points of view – the observer’s and model’s. Think I know how to connect with the feminism but for me it’s just eye to eye contact, more pleasure etc., not like ‘hey, I’m equal and beautiful so I’m fine you’re staring’)) But I understand if many years ago it could be kind of revolution

    1. “Equal and beautiful” is distilled superiority, for the other eye (with which the connection is made) may not, in all probability, belong to someone who is sure about his or her own beauty 😉

    1. “There’s a lot of sex, you know, in art. There’s a lot of naked women and men, and there’s intrigue, there’s fakery. It’s a real microcosm of the larger world.”
      (c) Steve Martin )))

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