So I've decided to get a bit more vocal about my thoughts. I avoid talking politics, or my views on things, and will continue to do so, cause really we all have our own views and I respect what you believe just as I hope you do with me. However there's one issue that generally flows into my artwork, sometimes into conversations, and is an issue that I think anyone reading this would agree with me about. And that's STOPPING violence against women. Kinda a no brainer... right?!
So here's the dealio folks. You see violence against women hasn't really gone down, not with all the campaigns and advocacy, it still happens. Whether it's physical, emotional, mental, or sexual, it doesn't matter, we have to really start to look at this and see that it has to stop. We as a society really need to start looking at what we are marketing, what we are teaching men, what we are teaching women. Let's use someone like me, why at the age of 32 am I finally understanding that I am worthy of the greatest and most deserving of respect (mind you I have a minor in feminist philosophy) I'm a prime example of what society teaches us. I come from a great family, have a college education, own my own business, but still fall into the place of thinking that in some ways I'll always be "second class". Well the thing is I've come to realize is that there is no second class. I've always preached that we are all equal and deserving, and so I'm kicking any of what our culture is teaching us to the curb and standing in that place of truly respecting myself and not allowing anything but that into my life. I might sound a bit ticked off, but I think that if we truly want our society to change we have to get a bit ticked off.
And we have to heal. One of the main reasons I'm hosting art retreats such as Sugar & Spice in June (link here) is that I believe in creating art we can tell our stories and begin to heal the wounds from our past and truly step into our future of greatness! As the years go on I want to host a yearly small schoolarship based retreat, for women coming out of abusive relationships. To give them teh gift of healing so that they can then move forward and do their greatest life work. I'm so excited to be stepping into my time of my great life work, and that I'm not longer just "talking the talk" I'm "walking the walk".
Speaking of Walking... I'd love to invite anyone who lives in Port Townsend to come down on May 8th for the Walk a Mile in her shoes national event. This is an event where men, around the country, literally walk a mile in her shoes, to stand up against violence towards women. So if you are a man, find out if it's going on in your town. In Port Townsend men gather at the US Bank and walk downtown, at 6pm on May 8th. If you are a woman, please tell your spouse to go! This is important! And if you are a woman who lives here in town, I'm going to for the second year host anyone who wants to cheer the men on down at the gallery! Feel free to bring a sign or a bottle of vino...
TO learn more about the Walk a Mile event take a look at this link. http://www.walkamileinhershoes.org/