Art is full of images of strong, confident women like Joan of Arc, Florence Nightingale, Frida Khalo, Wonder Woman (OK, she might not be real), and many more. These women go from way back in time and up to the present and are perfect examples of how Femdom is reflected in art.
We Can Do It!
In the 1940s Rosie the Riveter was one of the most powerful images of the time and still is to this day. The government actually created the image to get women to work. The poster art slogan of “We Can Do It” was geared at housewives and getting them into the workforce to take the place of all the men who had gone to war. Many jobs needed to be filled on the home front in factories and aircraft industries. The image itself is loosely based on a real-life munitions worker but symbolized all hard-working women, many who were also bandana-clad just like Rosie. The propaganda worked, and one in four women joined the workforce.
Fetish Icon Bettie Page
Some of the most iconic domme images are of Bettie Page. There are hundreds of black and white photos of her cracking the whip, standing tall, wearing a cheetah fur dress standing over a cheetah, and even bound. Although these photos are very glam, they still reveal a strong woman. Many of the erotic images of Betty were taken by Irving Claw, who was the self-proclaimed Pin Up King of his time. He was a photographer and filmmaker who made his name and fortune from previously selling movie stills. In the 1950s he made his move into erotic movies, which featured some of the biggest pin-up and bondage stars. Sadly, he had to burn many of his negatives because he faced political and legal problems based on his subject matter. He also made some amazing movie posters that are huge collectors’ items today.
Amazon Women Rule
Pre-dating Robert Crumb was an Osaka Japanese artist Namio Harukawa who was obsessed with voluptuous, Amazonian women and added in the twist of them sitting on the faces of skinny subservient men. Known as the ancient art of face sitting, his erotic drawings lead the viewer into power games of not only face sitting, but also oral and many other sex acts. While these acts are occurring, the women smoke, drink wine, talking on the phone, read books, and squish their faces with a stiletto shoe. The women depicted are in complete control and men are only there to service their mistresses’ needs. Harukawa spent many years as an underground artist until he reached cult status in the 1960s art market.
Kick Ass Women with Wicked Grins
In more modern times, Los Angeles based hot rod artist Coop has a notorious brand of artwork. His curvy, large breasted, stunningly beautiful red devil girls with jet black hair are what made him famous. His scantily-clad devil girls are using sporting a wicked grin and sometimes irreverently smoking cigars. They’re type of women that lead men to their ruin. His infamous image has appeared on Zippo lighters, Lords of Acid CD cover, poker chips, coffee table books, prints, figurines, and anywhere you can imagine the red-hot devil girl.
A strong woman has always had a place in the art world and always will. The most interesting part is that some of the most iconic female images were made by male artists.