Nasty Women: The Right to Appear Together

  • Adetty Pérez Miles University of North Texas


Activists and artists understand that images create meaning about the world around us. Images have the power to expose culturally learned meanings and to serve as catalysts for socio-political activism. On the occasion of the 2016 Women’s March in Washington, D.C., thousands of women and their supporters gathered together ­to voice their concerns about gender, economic, racial, and environmental injustices; as well as the erosion of reproductive, LGBTQ, and immigrant rights. Events fueling the Women’s March, significantly, the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the Nasty Women’s Movement; and future events that the march set in motion, represent a pivotal moment in history that shows how women use public assembly for social activism. This article focuses on strategies of visual address by nasty women, who are artists and activists that contest gender-based inequities and promote feminist practices toward socio-political, cultural, and aesthetic experiences that empower women’s lives.

Author Biography

Adetty Pérez Miles, University of North Texas

Adetty Pérez Miles is an assistant professor in the Department of Art Education and Art History and affiliated faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She received a dual Ph.D. in Art Education and Women’s Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include contemporary art, dialogic pedagogy, emergent technologies, gender studies, and teacher education. Her work is published in leading anthologies and academic journals including: Studies in Art Education, Knowledge Cultures, Visual Culture & Gender, and Visual Arts Research, among others. Most recently, she co-guest edited a special issue on the entanglements of Speculative Realism/New Materialism and art education in the International Journal of Education through Art, and is engaged in several curatorial projects with emphasis on art as social practice. 


How to Cite
PÉREZ MILES, Adetty. Nasty Women: The Right to Appear Together. Visual Culture & Gender, [S.l.], v. 12, p. 7-16, sep. 2017. ISSN 1936-1912. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 23 feb. 2018.