Milk and Chalk (2012)

Zoë Williams was born in 1983 in New Orleans, Louisiana where she lived until hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. She currently lives and works in New York, NY. 

Spirits, sacred creatures, and phantoms from the dream world inhabit my work. They are the intermediaries that connect us with the (inner) realm of the collective unconscious and the (outer) kingdom of nature. ”

From Zoë’s homepage

“I am naturally suspicious of arguments that rest on women being more responsible and more nurturing than men.” -Zoe Williams for The Pool

A thousand times yes. While in my weaker moments I’ve been tempted to believe that putting women in charge would solve all the world’s problems, the reality is that men and women are all individual beings composed of myriad complexities. Men and women are equally capable of being thoughtful and nurturing, and equally capable of being reckless and repugnant. Pretending otherwise does us all a disservice.
" If someone else is taking the flak you would have got, in eras past, that flak is still your problem."

I don’t agree with everything in this Guardian piece by Zoe Williams, but she hits the nail on the head with the final line. 

If there are still people unthinkingly using the word ‘gay’ in a derogatory way, does it matter that homosexuality is no longer illegal? If there are people laughing at the the trans* community, does it matter that people are no longer laughing at stereotypical portrayals of camp gay men?

“ If someone else is taking the flak you would have got, in eras past, that flak is still your problem.”

Just because I am not trans* does not mean that I do not care / worry / want to help the trans* community. Just because I can pass as straight does not mean I do not want to make homosexual relationships more visible. Just because it does not immediately and personally impact me, does not mean I should not stand up and say - 

this is not okay”. 

What I learned this year: the insanity of the obesity era

Zoe Williams: Sage reflections on a calorie-counting, power-generating, cake-baking, selfie-taking, gay-wedding 2014

How to make a DIY solar panelIt’s really straightforward, you can buy the cells very cheaply as seconds on the internet, then all you need is some … other stuff. The more pressing skill to acquire is how to argue with people who still have an anti-solar clipboard from the 1980s, and will gaily tell you that it’s only viable in the Sahara (it is doing pretty well in chilly Munich), is more expensive than oil (its price has fallen 99%) and it can never be stored (battery storage is the next great breakthrough waiting to happen, after see-through panels were launched this year). The truly bizarre thing about this energy source is how much unwarranted prejudice it experiences.