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boys who'd be girls, who'd be boys, who'd be girls: create an image for these words

I copied this from a piece already adapted from a poem by Nancy R Smith, done by Crimethinc. Gender subversion kit #69-B. www.crimethinc.com

I find these words very powerful and honest so thought i’d share and invite your explorations.

I’m thinking that it would be a great for RBubblers to create either a visual or written piece that reflect these words, or takes a new interpretive direction.

Interpretations will allow us to move beyond the western construct or framework of gender, and also move beyond an exclusive male / female and boy / girl approach. Gender is diverse and is inclusive of intersexuality or transexuality ;)

There are no prizes, no judging and no winners. Also there are no other criteria other than your interpretation and I have very few censorship bones in my body. This is for you to explore for the joy of creating. I’ll keep this post active for 2 weeks maximum. I’m sure that’s plenty. If there’s limited response I’ll make it a week ;)

Once you have an image just add it here to this post. I will investigate how to add an image and let you all know. Unless someone knows that already and can share that info here.

Oh and feel free to post work or words you already have. However, this might inspire new works too. I hope so…

Cheers
Robert

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For every girl who is tired of acting weak when she is strong, there is a boy tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable.

For every boy who is burdened with the constant expectation of knowing everything, there is a girl tired of people not trusting her intellegence.

For every girl who is tired of being called over-sensitive, there is a boy who fears to be gentle, to weep.

For every boy for whome competition is the only way to prove his masculinity, there is a girl who is called unfeminine when she competes.

For every girl who throws out her e-z bake oven, there is a boy who wishes to find one.

For every boy struggling not to let advertising dictate his desires, there is a girl facing the ad industry’s attacks on her self-esteem.

For every girl who takes a step towards her liberation, there is a boy who finds the step to freedom a little easier.

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Comments

  • Paul Tait
    Paul Taitover 6 years ago

    very thought provoting. Thank you for sharing Robert. I like the idea of a photographic challege

  • Robert Knapman
    Robert Knapmanover 6 years ago

    Thanks Paul. This is for all bubblers – writers, painters, poets, doodlers, photograpers, finger painters etc etc

  • jemimalovesbigted
    jemimalovesbigtedover 6 years ago

    very cool thoughts! I can relate to that girl, and it frustrates me to see young women who still play up to the “ideals” even when they have more to offer. maybe the ability to stop that comes with age.
    I look forward to seeing what comes out of it!

  • Damian
    Damianover 6 years ago

    Great idea Robert, and great words!

  • indeterminacy
    indeterminacyover 6 years ago

    I’ve posted an older piece of mine that sort of dances around the spirit of the items you posted, maybe closest to the final one “For every girl who takes a step towards her liberation, there is a boy who finds the step to freedom a little easier.”

    Is there a particular group where we should add our contributions?

  • Indeterminacy, I think we could just add them here. It will make the thread a more interesting read. Tomorrow I will post a forum link to it also to try and increase the traffic. Cheers.

    – Robert Knapman

  • Robert Knapman
    Robert Knapmanover 6 years ago

    Thanks folk. Looks like it could be a happening thing. Fantastic ,)

  • Boadicea
    Boadiceaover 6 years ago

    Great thread Robert. The challenge is interesting and I look forward to contributing.

  • indeterminacy
    indeterminacyover 6 years ago

    Ok, here is what i posted: Two Ladies

  • Two luscious ladies appeared on Phil’s bed. “Touch us,” they said to him.

    What a great opening line Inde. Takes you straight to the possibility of sexual liason and than leads to a place of fascinating sexuality, identity and orientation. Loved it. What a great start.

    – Robert Knapman

  • indeterminacy
    indeterminacyover 6 years ago

    Thank you for the kind words – I’m happy to contribture. I’m looking forward to the other artworks/texts that will be posted here. Your items address some essential issues.

  • Robert Knapman
    Robert Knapmanover 6 years ago

    This is an interpretation of: ‘For every girl who is tired of acting weak when she is strong, there is a boy tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable’. An image I created in Adelaide in late 2006 and is a reflection on barriers, expectations, vulnerabilities and the relationship with a masculine and hard built environment

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