"INK MASTER" Lesson in Feminist Strategy
CULTURE & DISRUPT
This season #INKMASTER went from TV’s most masculine reality shows to the home of a Feminist uprising... The women on the Spike TV show formed an alliance that systematically worked to highlight each other’s strengths and pack the finale with as many women as possible. It was an example of “amplification,” which holds that women can help each other’s voices be heard in masculine environments by supporting and highlighting each other. The tactic recently made headlines when the women of President Obama’s cabinet told the world they employed it to have their voices heard in the White House. Ironically, that kind of amplification was exactly what Hillary Clinton didn’t receive. READ FULL ARTICLE VIA WIRED.COM
The eighth season of the tattoo reality competition Ink Master (subtitled as Ink Master: Peck vs. Nuñez) premiered on August 23, 2016 on Spike. A sneak peek premiered during the live season 7 finale.
Unlike the previous seasons, this season features Oliver Peck and Chris Núñez going head-to-head for the first time in Ink Master history where thirty artists battle for a spot on either Peck's team or Núñez's team with both teams consisting a total of 9 artists each. Major changes were also included for season 8. Not only does the winner receive the usual prizes which includes $100,000, a feature in Inked magazine and the title of Ink Master, but will also receive a guest spot at their team captain's shop.
The first seven episodes will feature each team battling their own members in an elimination-style competition for a spot in the top five. Then, both teams battle each other until its down to one artist on Team Peck and one artist on Team Núñez.
Ink Master Season 8
“First, you need enough women ho want to do this, who don’t want to be out on their own, who don’t want to continue to play according to the old-boys’-network rules,” says Arreola.
“When women start to support other women, the backlash erases everything else about that woman,” says Arreola. “It becomes about supporting women for women’s sake—as opposed to supporting women because they are smart and capable.”
But as the women in President Obama’s White House made clear, to make it in a man’s world, women need to work together. The women of Ink Master understood that and owned up to it. They fought in heels, with perfect makeup that matched their face tattoos—and tonight, one of them just might win.
This season, 'Ink Master' went from TV's most masculine reality shows to the home of a feminist uprising: https://t.co/XdPisFExQM— WIRED (@WIRED) December 7, 2016
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HOW INK MASTER BECAME AN UNEXPECTED LESSON IN FEMINIST STRATEGY: BY EMILY DREYFUSS VIA WIRED.COM
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