eugenie’s tiny revolution

  • date: 12 october 2019
  • challenge category: health
  • selected tactic: tiny overloading
  • difficulty rating: 
  • current status: no available think time

the submission:

“I’ve found the lack of awareness of pelvic pain that affects over 20% of Australian women, and the willingness across our community to dismiss pain in women to be distressing.

Particularly in the fact that while it is socially acceptable for women to talk about and receive support from others for lower back pain or shoulder pain, it is not considered “socially acceptable” for women to talk about pain in their pelvis, since the pelvis includes the vagina. Social norms of communication and sociocultural discomfort with public discussion of female genitalia essentially prevents women with pelvic pain from sharing their pain with others, and consequently prevents them from receiving social support from others.

Women with pelvic pain must overcome entrenched social stigma and societal norms of behavior just to express their need for help. This is a lot to ask of individuals who feel vulnerable, and are already struggling just to continue living and functioning in society despite their pain. I believe that, as a society, we must share responsibility for changing social norms surrounding the discussion of pelvic pain in women. Participatory art is a powerful means of changing audience perceptions and attitudes by affecting their experience.

eugenie, 15.10.19.

the thinking:

we ran out of thinking time for this one : (

this submission will be rolled over into the next tiny revolutions event.

tactic: overloading