Women continue to fight for autonomy. Across the nation, states are feverishly restricting abortion in coordinated action. This is a consequence of systematic sexism, racism, voter suppression, and gerrymandering. Imagine if every vote truly was counted?
Current government officials don’t reflect the populations they serve. Twenty-five men in the Alabama state senate voted to pass the nation’s strictest abortion bill. It’s doesn’t matter if you’re raped or a victim of incest and get pregnant. A doctor who performs an abortion will face more prison than a rapist.
The onslaught of current events magnifies the importance of speech freedom and expression.
I VOTED (video) description: In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton received 2,868,691 more votes than Donald J. Trump. The loss margin was the largest in history with an Electoral College win. One electoral vote in Wyoming equals 3.18 in California. Gerrymandering and voter suppression thrive in an antiquated system built on racism. Mimicking the makeup application process, “I Voted” stickers expose female objectification while confronting oppressive roles. The silent majority must unite for change.
PRO-CHOICE (custom hanger) description: My art practice investigates symbols of influence and power that impact perception. A custom judge appointment hanger has been repurposed altering its function. Since taking office, President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have systemically hindered women’s rights and choice. The Handmaid’s Tale is a real possibility if religious doctrine becomes law limiting options. Women, not politicians, should control their bodies.
Philip Bump from The Washington Post: “In March 2016, as he was locking down the delegates he would need to win the Republican nomination — and as Cruz was making a strong run against him — Trump was asked by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews if his pro-life views included supporting legislation that would impose criminal punishments on women who had abortions… ‘The answer is . . . that,’ Trump said, pausing briefly and glancing to the side as he considered his response, ‘there has to be some form of punishment.’ He punctuated the word ‘has’ with a sort of karate chop.”
Trust your instincts and listen to our “leaders.” The words of Maya Angelou come to mind: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Being complacent chips away at access and rights. Welcome to 2019, where logic no longer exists!