Most notably, however, Joseph's women are survivors. The sword swallower swallows her sword again and again. The catgirl shows off her strength by brandishing her cat like a set of barbells. Even Joseph's many variants of a headless woman who appears to be hooked up to some strange life-support system have their own weird dignity.
Fortunately, the artist's sense of the whimsical keeps her feminism from becoming heavy-handed. As she says in the catalog interview: "Humor is the key. It draws people in closer and then, once you have them engaged, hopefully they will be able to become aware of deeper messages. I don't have any need or desire to preach, but I hope to confront viewers with some of the absurdities that fate and chance bring into our lives and suggest an awareness of our vulnerability and our childlike side."