30-Day Breakup Guide: Day 10

To celebrate the publication of our first-ever book, The Frisky 30-Day Breakup Guide, we’re re-running the original series that inspired it, and having writer Maude Standish bravely road test the book’s expanded tasks and tips. So follow along, chart your own progress, and find out everything else you need to know to forget he-who-shall-not-be-named!

Change Your Perspective
Find a museum in your city or town, and check to see if they have any current exhibits featuring female artists. If so, hop in your car and go — no matter how badly you want to continue watching “America’s Next Top Model” reruns and eating the rest of that bag of Bugles. Women’s perceptions of the world are distinctly different from the mainstream. Photographers Catherine Opie and Cindy Sherman have challenged the idea of traditional domesticity … Jill-of-all-trades artist Sophie Calle has been known to look at intimacy in a way that’s completely thrilling and totally weird: For her 2007 piece “Take Care of Yourself,” she took a breakup email from her lover and had 107 different women (a proofreader, a clown, a lawyer, etc.) interpret it via performance, video, writing, you name it. She even went to an appointment with a marriage counselor and put a printout of the breakup letter in the other chair. Yes, really.

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