Every so often I get asked questions about my mission, why and how I do what I do. The questions I am asked, often revolve around the same topics.
I've decided to share the questions, and my answers to them, here in my blog...
2/1/17 Facebook -Tyger M.
Q : I'm curious to know the response from you and your followers of your page to those who say that "pussy costumes are ridiculous" and "those dressed as vaginas ruined the march" and "dressing as a pussy in public in front of children is disgusting" and similar sentiments
A : Thanks for the question Tyger. Its an interesting thing to discuss the importance of visual messaging, to people who can't see past their subjective "learned responses" to things. Every response I get from a person is subjective, and there are many factors that contribute to a person's initial response to every interaction they have.
It is true what they say "a picture is worth a thousand words". So too is a symbol, more powerful than one person or concept. In fact the very reason you've asked ME this versus someone else is due to the fact that I utilize this supposed "ridiculous" symbol. So perhaps what I might ask these people is : how does something made out of felt, fabric, and frills create such a strong visceral response, if it does not hold power? And if it holds power, why then WOULDN'T we use it as the powerful symbol it is? It serves the same purpose as a badge, or uniform. It speaks very loudly before one word is uttered. Art has always had a place in our society to make people uncomfortable, to challenge, to push ideas and ideals. Regardless of whether a person finds it repulsive or compelling, I believe that is the point. I am not out to make people feel comfortable, but rather to challenge each of us to go deeper. My message is heard more loudly as I embody a symbol of motherhood and the female identity, than it ever would be otherwise. And so that is my brief answer to detractors of self expression and creativity to further a cause. I hope it answers you query.