Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, on the question “Have any readers ever asked questions that shocked you?”
Read that again. Read it again, and again, and again. Over and over guys have asked her why Melinda was so upset about being raped. This is a girl who went to a party with friends. She was thirteen. She had a drink, because everyone else was. And a senior held her down and raped her while she was too drunk to get away.
And guys don’t understand why she was upset.
Read that again and then come back and tell me again why I should just shut up and take a joke when a comedian blows off rape as a big deal, or women’s bodies are casually treated as commodities in media. Remind me why I shouldn’t care about the very real harm that society’s treatment of women and sexual assault does.
i’m trying to figure out what it means to be “the kind of person” or “the kind of artist” who can make video and performance pieces and thinks in that way and wants to put themselves out there in that way because
a lot of my artist/maker friends, my closest friends, talk about this kind of work like it’s impossibly terrifying but
i’ll make a video of myself shaving completely naked because i haven’t seen enough of that in my lifetime and i hope other people find it refreshing
and i’m running on very little sleep, drinking coffee typing things out as they feel to me so this might not make a lot of sense but my performance professor told me he had a student talk about that piece, that shaving piece the terrifying piece in really glowing, art historical terms before he connected the dots that it was my piece
and like, that’s all i ever wanted