An Equal Difference bók G.S. Motola, rannsókn á samtímanum.

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Nýlega kom út bókin An Equal Difference eftir Gabrielle Motola. Bókin er afrakstur tveggja og hálfs árs rannsóknarvinnu Gabrielle og hún er margt í einu; ljósmyndabók, rannsóknarskýrsla um jafnrétti, félagsfræðileg rannsókn á íslensku samfélagi… marglaga tilraun til að skoða tilvist einstaklinga í íslensku samfélagi í samtímanum. Verkið er innblásið af þeirri staðreynd að Ísland  hefur undanfarin ár ( sl. 7 ár)  verið efst á lista yfir ríki heimsins  þegar tekið er mið af jafnrétti kynjanna. Það er Alþjóðaefnahagsráðið, World Economic Forum, sem tekur listann saman árlega  og er þar  145 ríkjum heims raðað eftir stöðu jafnréttismála í hverju landi.  Noregur, Finnland og Svíþjóð raða sér í sætin næst á eftir Íslandi.

Gabrielle segir meðal annars þetta um verkið:

‘An Equal Difference’ is a book of portraits, stories, and wisdom. It is the result of two-and-a-half years of researching, speaking with, and photographing over 70 inspiring people living in Icelandic society today. It is my attempt to understand a culture that would call for measures like the jailing of bankers responsible for the crash, creating an energy policy based on independent, renewable sources, maintaining a socialised child care system, and making prostitution illegal by criminalising the buyers instead of sex workers. What really caught my attention was Iceland’s call to ‘feminise banking’. They examined the behavioural aspects of a problem, not the gender of it and in doing so, inferred that we are all a mixture of masculine and feminine behaviours and dynamics. This model not only feels true, it provides the framework for a greater understanding of ourselves and each other.

My process began with wondering what women’s minds would be like in comparison to those in the societies in which I had previously lived (the USA and UK) – societies that provide relatively little support for women’s biological responsibilities and tend to raise girls who struggle with self esteem issues. I wanted to know what makes gender equality work on a practical level. How does it influence the way one thinks and operates in society? How does it shape society itself?

Nánar má lesa um Gabrelle Motola  og verkefnið á heimasíðu Gabrielle  og  einnig  hér

Hér má fá hugmynd um útlit og upsetningu bókarinnar.

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Ragna Kjartansdóttir ( Cell7 ), rappari.

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