michaela’s tiny revolution

  • date: 14 october 2019
  • challenge category: status of women
  • selected tactic: tiny identity correction 
  • difficulty rating: 
  • current status: completed

the submission:

Only in the course of my short lifetime, it feels like we’re moving backward. From an early age growing up in a family of all women, I felt as though I had no limits – opportunities were available and plentiful as long as I worked hard. But increasingly I’m made to feel that simply by being a woman, life is going to be much harder: conversations with friends are about dating and worry that we don’t yet have families, rather than celebrating our accomplishments. It’s well-known that despite doing equal or better work, I won’t be paid the same as my male colleagues. And I still have to take more care than any male friends when doing something as simple as going out for a drink.

This doesn’t even scratch the surface of the greater issues encountered by women in countries where they are not seen as equal legally, as well as socially – and this has to change. When women succeed, we all succeed. Simple access would increase the GDP of some countries if we could draw upon the innovation, drive, and creativity of female entrepreneurs (who don’t necessarily see themselves as such, but are simply fighting to stay alive). Allowing women to stay in school, rather than curtailing their education through arranged marriage or accidental pregnancy, would not only serve to correct a ballooning population, but would put power back into the hands of those who have a vested interest in change.

michaela, 14.10.19.

the thinking:

what is the idea we are moving forward with?

purchase a classic childrens fairy tale book – cinderella / sleeping beauty, which has annoyingly basic sterotypes of men and women.
cut, paste, deface in order to present an alternative gender power dynamic.
redact all the content that re-enforces gender stereotypes.

how can we do it?

re-insert the fairy tale into book stores / public library’s

where does it need to take place?

perth library, childrens section.

are there any legal implications to the activity?

the book version would need to be an old edition from 50-70 years ago in order for it to be copyright free, otherwise it will run the risk of defacing claims from the author as we are distorting their work.

what happened?

the do team could not get hold of an old edition of sleeping beauty, so we mocked up our own version as a handout that could be downloaded instead. 

tactic: identity correction