Feminist artist reverses gender roles in Vatican

Tereskova, a Hungarian feminist artist, proposed to her fiancé in the Vatican. Her act was meant as a protest against the passive role assigned to Hungarian women.

Ivett Körösi
Ivett Körösi Nepszava, Hungary
Source: Nepszava
Feminist artist reverses gender roles in Vatican - NewsMavens
Bride and groom. Burst.

Why this story matters:

In front of St. Peter's Basilica, Tereskova got down on one knee and asked the magical question: will you marry me?

The Hungarian artist is known for her provocative performances, and she wanted her proposal to be a feminist statement. 

"I proposed to my boyfriend because these days women cannot to this… I hope that in 5 or 10 years it will be more common," she told Nepszava.

In Hungary, women virtually never propose to men. As Tereskova pointed out, they are expected to passively wait until the man decides the right time has come. Very few dare to break with tradition and take the initiative because they fear public opinion.

Interestingly, women on social media were generally very supportive of Tereskova’s act. Most men, however, labelled it as a silly and sensationalist performance. 

Details from the story:

  • Tereskova’s real name is Kriszta Nagy. She is a painter, intermedia artist and singer.
  • Tereskova believes there are many challenges ahead for the feminist movement. She claims that even young men want partners who sacrifice their life for them, just like a mother would. Women struggle because they want new roles but cannot free themselves from the old ones.
  • The artist is famous for her provocative performances. She often sings about genitals, and a few years ago she stirred up controversy for a series of Warhol-like paintings of PM Viktor Orban.
  • "I wish to live in a world where, in a relationship, the partners decide who is going to cook and do the laundry. And if the woman is the breadwinner then the man accepts the money. The duty of feminism is to spread this notion," says Tereskova.
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