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WHAT WE SHOULDN'T BE

There are a lot of things that I'm not supposed to be, and there are a lot of things that I'm not supposed to say as a woman. I shouldn't offend anyone, especially my elders, especially when those elders are men. What I should be is "respectable," and what is respectable is decided by older, more conservative, and usually wealthier establishments than myself. If I'm not respectable or respectful, then I shouldn't be taken seriously because I'm not what a young woman ought to be; I'm labelled as angry, hot-headed, naive, idealistic, rude, selfish, and (quaintly) unladylike.
One of my sketches from the 2017 Women's March.
Feminist voices are labelled as those things, too, and worse. Feminist art expresses the Feminist voice, so that art shouldn't be respectable either. Being a serious woman artist wasn't acceptable for a long, long time. In cases where art makes someone upset or uncomfortable, being a serious woman artist is still unacce…

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