We’ve done it, we’ve reached the pinnacle of human evolution
Feminism is having a wardrobe malfunction.
Does your brand of feminism remove barriers for women, or simply move them around? Does is expand options for women, or does it just shift them? You don’t liberate women by forcing them to choose option B instead of option A. What is comfortable for you might not be comfortable for someone else, and it’s entirely possible that what you see as oppressive, other women find comfortable or even downright liberating.
Before you think the girl in the middle is a strawman, let me tell you I used to be her, back in my misguided youth. I considered myself the standard to which other people should adhere. But that was stupid. It’s not up to me to tell people how to dress, and it’s much nicer to let everyone choose for themselves.
Some women would feel naked without a veil. Some women would find it restrictive. Some women would feel restricted by a bra. Some women would feel naked without one. Some women would feel restricted by a tight corset. Others love them. Some wear lots of clothes with a corset. Some only wear the corset and nothing else. What makes any article of clothing oppressive is someone forcing you to wear it. And it’s just as oppressive to force someone not to wear something that they want to wear.
“if you can’t save yourself, it is not because you are not worth saving. sometimes, you’ve let those weeds root just a little too deep under your skin and plucking them out takes more than the best pair of tweezers your hourly wage can buy. when your forearms aren’t strong enough, remember that superheroes have their off days, and you are no exception. if you can’t save yourself today, that’s okay: someone will hold you up and frogmarch you through your daily routine from wiping the sleep out of your eyes when you wake up to switching off the light at four am to maybe try and sleep a little before work until you can get by without them. you will be able to save yourself eventually, even if it’s baby steps from island to island. self-salvation is something to aspire to first thing in the morning hunched over your bowl of cereal, because you are worth saving at sunrise, and you are worth saving at dusk.”
a story in post it notes
basically me these days.
Now this is mixed media done right.
Nineteen year old artist Aliza Razell combined self-portraits with a love of watercolors in her mesmerizing series, Anesidora. See more below!
Paintings and illustrations by Egene Koo:
Here is “Knot”, a short comic I drew to sell at Mocca and TCAF this year. The printed version is going to be SO PRETTY. I’m in love with the cover (which I will post later).
I just wanted to do something fairy-tale-like that talked about doubts and frustrations and how to deal with them. I’m really happy with how colorful and adorable the story turned out to be.
If you enjoyed “Knot”, please consider reblogging it and/or checking out my ongoing webcomic Namesake! HUGS TO ALL OF YOU!