I had this interesting interaction with someone at an event I attended last night. We introduced each other, I told her I was a crochet artist and then she asked me about activism. I told her that I made hats for the Women’s March. She responded with “oh YOU started that?” I was like ummm, no. She then asked “so like what activism do you do?” in a rather condescending tone. I thought on my toes and responded, well I mean I crochet in public, break gender norms, etc. She just sort of looked at me like “okkkkk sure”. Needless to say I left that interaction feeling like “wtf?” It bothered me all the way until this morning when I realized the event WAS for “activists” to get together and network. So her tone made a little more sense now.
But anyways, the point I want to make today is that activism comes in many shapes and forms. When I was in NYC, I tried marching, standing outside the Trump building for hours, yelling, chanting. All I got from it was me yelling at a building, while passerby’s took photos to document “life in NYC”, and 45 tweets about how amazing it is for people to gather outside of his residence. I mean, the Women’s March happens this year and his tweet response was: “Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!”
So instead of trying to fight this delusional monster, I want to create something different for the world. I have been couchsurfing / slept on the streets / fasted, all so that I can attempt to show people that this life they deem as “reality” was created by “leaders” that don’t even believe ALL its citizens should have access to healthcare, don’t believe on enforcing a living wage for all, and shit, don’t even truly believe that all (wo)men are created equal. So my activism? Giving the people in 45’s administration a big fuck you by not feeding into their bullshit. And since I can’t keep my hand in that position forever, I made a piece that can.
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