Thank the Lord (or ruler, or master, or commander, or other women, or somebody?? ) for Women
Hell yes, women need to be in leadership positions. Hell yes, we desperately need a shift in the current oppressive perspective. War after rape –after war– after rape – not enough? Senseless hand-gun violence in grade schools – obviously not enough? No amount of social injustice, racism, profiling or violence is enough for us to collectively take a good long look in the mirror? We just accept our marching orders as a traumatized male psyche continues to wreak havoc on a capitalistic experiment gone awry. Honestly, if the world were operated under the more nurturing, protective perspective of a woman we would not be hiding, running for cover, looking over our shoulders, or hold fear as the cornerstone of our language, our relationships, our dysfunctional framework. This is the ideology we have chosen to build. The means of production outstrip the needs of a society, we create more violence and neglect. And we sit and wonder, as advertising and brands throw more fuel to the fire. We willingly throw each bit of technology out into the world, hoping and wishing it fixes the last bit of technology that was thrown out into the world. Wondering when that anti-smart magic bullet penetrates our hungry hearts and solves all our world problems. Deep down, knowing all along that having a bit of compassion and understanding could be a way to solve many “problems” we all share. Homelessness, hunger, and now the biggest challenge, climate change. We live in a world that continues to worship The Winners. Article after article litters the internet on How To Be Successful in 5 Steps, 13 Things I Wish someone Told Me, Flowcharts on Procrastination, etc, etc. It doesn’t matter how or why you win, it’s the simple fact you have won. The Art of the Deal. We live in a world that worships celebrity. We gobble up Jersey Shore Snooki and pay her $32,000 for a Q&A session at Rutgers, while Nobel-winning novelist Toni Morrison received $2,000 less for a commencement speech? It is no surprise then, that we have the ultimate “winner” as our current POTUS.
Trump: ‘We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning’
It says more about our values than our ability to campaign or vote. Now, The Losers, well they must be lazy and dumb, and most likely not manly enough to administer the hand they have been dealt. Now, (deep breath) I am not claiming to be one of the newly minted male feminists that have popped up at the Women’s marches. We have read both reassuring and antithetical rants. I have to agree “A white person who stands against racial injustice cannot call themselves “black.” A straight person who allies with LGBT people wouldn’t say they are “LGBT.” Likewise, I do not believe that men can suddenly take on and understand fully the issues that women face.” In the end we all – us men, become a product of a sexist society. There is no way around having sexist thoughts when you are raised in a sexist society. Men = Strong. Women = Emotional or Weak. Etc, etc. So how do we shift? We need to begin to live on the other side of the fence, begin to actually see from another’s perspective. How? Maybe it takes a great amount of empathy and engaging with our own shame. To see male privilege, white privilege as a driving force that has shaped our society. And, I wonder what is so great about a society that lacks compassion, respect for the mother earth, and is intent on destroying all that gives life? Like some ultimate death wish?
Vulnerability = Courage / Visibility = Power
Being invisible within our current privatized consumerist society is the equivalent to suffering, being marginalized and having no seat at the table. It is beyond frustrating, feeling powerless. Think of the homeless person you walked past on your way to coffee this morning. It is becoming more and more a reality that we are facing extreme difference in power and wealth. The pendulum has swung back to pre WWII serfdom, when inequality and the battle for resources were the order of the day. All while we silently watch the temperatures and oceans rise each record breaking year.
And then last years National election results created our current Alt-Fact universe, filled with an insane 24 hour news cycle of shit. Deliberate lies to confuse and confound an already powerless citizenry. Faced with this years Presidential election and a potential four years of hateful, misguided leadership, my colleague and good friend Jen Thomas asked the question how all of us working within the creative industry can help assist organizations that protect and serve our most vulnerable population. She along with her team at The Beauty Shop launched the timely VISIBLE.
is a Portland-based nonprofit offering free graphic design, web development, and other creative services to organizations fighting for social, environmental, and civil rights causes. Over 270 members and 20 full service studios and agencies have taken the Indivisible pledge: to complete at least one pro-bono project each year for the next four years.
The power to influence change. Designers, writers, producers all sit within a unique position of power to affect change. We often forget that all the effort, energy an endless nights towards crafting a corporate brand for a large paycheck can also be shifted towards communities and organizations with much less power, money and socioeconomic position.
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