I totally admire Amanda Palmer. Less for her music, which - real talk - I don't listen to very much, but more for being Amanda Palmer. Apart from the Daily Mail Song I don't think I can even name a single song of hers. BUT: she is an icon of how to be a performing artist in the 21st century. She is fiercely female, brutally open about her personal life, she leverages the internet like no other artist I know and seems utterly unafraid. She had a child two years ago and talks about what it means to be an artist AND a mother. She talks abortions, death, personal style, and all that real stuff.
This interview is part of the stylelikeu.com series, where people strip their clothes and perform an emotional striptease at the same time. I have watched other videos in the series before and I must say, I don't love the concept. They say it's about self-acceptance, but that is not something you develop while undressing for others (imho). In turn, I don't need to see someone's underwear to accept them, I even find it a bit distracting. It's about stripping away style to get to the "real you", but inevitably what you chose to cover your body with says something about you, too. I guess a strip makes people deliberately vulnerable, and I guess that is the point. If the motto is "you are what's underneath", then surely that doesn't mean to say that you are your belly or legs or armpits, but rather the experience within the body you carry around. But who am I do judge, I got closer-to-naked on stage than the interviewees of the stylelikeu.com project. Nudity, or almost-nudity, has calculable effects, and has its rightful place in an artist's toolbox. Anyway, moving on!
And this is a big, like, grappling paradox of feminism, too: so much of it is just about being honest. Not about being perfect, and not about breaking through and getting to the other side, and being like: "I beat the thing!" That kind of never happens.
Every time someone dies, one of the things that happens is: I look at my body, especially my hands, cause they're alway right there for quick reference, and I'm like: "Oh my God, I still have hands!"
Here's some of Amanda Palmer's work. I'll be watching it too, so that next time I can actually say something about her music. :) This is "Rainbow's End" from her latest album collaboration with Edward Ka-Spel.