I am 1000% not here for women who do women’s empowerment all types of wrong in ways like this
1) she sets her daughter up to believe that whatever her brother does is smarter by virtue of him being a man. That is presumably the opposite of what she wants to teach her (unless she subscribes to lean in feminism… then idk)
2) Zadie Smith fits many standards of beauty. Many women wear makeup because we are all expected to naturally look like zadie fucking smith. And some people wear makeup because they feel like it and wanna have a winged eye with purple lips and a green eyeshadow. Labeling makeup as some type of performative art is really old feminism and really damaging
Sometimes makeup is survival. Sometimes makeup is just fun. Sometimes makeup is none of your business. But makeup tends to only be an issue when rich conventionally attractive women *cough Alicia keys* *cough who was wearing makeup the whole time* try to use it as a tool to assert some absurd moral high ground
I channeled some of my rage and despair into this piece today, it helped a little. To all my sisters marching tomorrow, stay safe, be aware of your surroundings but most importantly, show them that we will not be stopped, we will not conform. This battle rages on. Stay Angry, my friends.
EDIT: by popular demand, I made this illustration available as a print and other merchandise, if you’re interested please visit my soc6 page right over >>>> here <<<< thank you for all the love and support. And to all of you that are marching today with me, say it loud sisters, stay strong and stay safe!! <3
I went to theYayoi Kusamaexhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum a few weeks ago and it was amazing. Here are a few pictures of one of my favorite installations, the Obliteration Room. This is the end of the exhibit, and everyone is given polka dots to place in the room before leaving.
‘Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity. When we obliterate nature and our bodies with polka dots, we become part of the unity of our environment.’ - Yayoi Kusama // more pictures + info to come on this artist & my visit.