Textile Moths by Yumi Okita
I am loving the place I’ve come to with the Feminist Friday series and I am excited to see it and its following become more deeply established. Thank you so much for your support in this series. Your emails, comments, tweets, and other messages have really helped me feel appreciated and applauded. I am so thankful this series has been speaking to so many of you and letting so many of you speak to me! With your support I have really been fine-tuning this series and I’m excited to introduce a new sub-series today! Does that sound familiar? That’s because I introduced two others just last month: Everyday Feminism and How Do You Deal—two really great collaborative sub-series. The Art and The Feminism is the newest sub-series in Feminist Fridays and this will be a place where I share art with you that has somehow inspired or evoked my feminism. I will share my inspiration with you and ask for your thoughts. We’ll start with the textile moths above.
Sometimes what looks frightening at first is actually really beautiful. Things are not always what they seem and sometimes you need to take a little time with something until you realize the good in it. Sometimes feminism is a tricky work. You must collaborate, share, and love. You must also defend, deny, and defy. Sensitivity is key in your feeling of acceptance and so it should be in your acceptance of others. Some people may seem, at first pass, a danger to your feelings or beliefs. They or their beliefs may seem threatening, gross or simply uninteresting. We are all people making choices and we shouldn’t make judgments too quickly. What looks like a weird moth, might be something more layered, creative, and beautiful.