Venus vs Mars.
My name is Korin. I was raised in Austin, Texas and currently reside in Dallas, Texas with my doggy Jax.
What an interesting concept. I had to sit back and really think about this one. What does it mean to be a man or a woman in this society? I feel as though I have an interesting take on this as I was a woman who spent most of my teenage years with my father. He taught me things that, I believe, that only a father can teach his daughter. Those words come out different when they come from the man that helped create you.
My father taught me about feminism. He taught me that because he was one. He taught me to never let another man define me. That I must be my own person. I must have original thought. He also taught me that as an African-American woman in this country I would be undoubtfully be treated differently for two reasons. My deep complexion and the fact I was a woman. However, I could never let that be an excuse for why I can't win in this world. I have all the gifts to do so. That who I was will be my passport to an amazing life. That I could never let any tell me different.
Growing into my 20's I learned more from my father. From the things he never said. Secretly watching from the corner of my eye. Crying on my room in silence because I felt like there was nothing I could do to help me. Seeing him suffer from his anxiety, his fights with depression, seeing him suffer through the loss of his wife, and his battle with alcoholism. He couldn't share his sadness. This world does not allow men to be vulnerable.
Men are forced, taught, and it is instilled in them that being honest with their feelings is a sign of weakness. That depression is a fictitious concept. That you're not a man if you share your feelings. So what's left for people to do when they can't escape?... Well, they find other ways bottles, drugs, sex... maybe even all three.
If this world allowed men to be vulnerable without the bullshit idea of them looking weak I feel as though we would have a stronger society. Being a feminist does not mean that women are better than men. It means that women and men should be equal.
Biologically that's the case. Life cannot be created without both the woman and the man. One sex is not great than the other because both need each other for the very existence of life. However, men and woman should be allowed to fully live this life. Without restraints. Without judgments. We all should have the right to cry, share who we are, and be vulnerable without fear of this being seen as flaw.
With that said, a woman should be allowed be strong, powerful, intelligent, and unabashedly sexy without fear of being called a bitch, slut, or whatever abhorrent epithet you throw at her.
Regardless of what anyone thinks, I know that women and men were designed to be equals. I pray one day we can be that.
Longest artist statement ever.
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