sally’s tiny revolution

  • date: 16 april 2021
  • challenge category: status of women
  • selected tactic: sabotage
  • difficulty rating: doable
  • current status: completed

the doing: a pain chart for sally

pvi rebels actioned the rodnik tables proposal by creating an informative poster that drew comparisons between different types of pain.  these posters were installed in all gendered toilets in pubs around the port.

the submission:

what overwhelms you?

“in a nutshell… Why isn’t there a female Viagra that works exceedingly well for Menopausal women? And on that, why isn’t there any signicant medical research done to relieve women of female specic medical issues, Endometriosis, period pain Etc. Because the data and research, time and investment is overwhelmingly male and in the meantime, men want to make sure women know that they don’t own their bodies or decisions about their bodies, whilst making judgments about their bodies of which women should be attered. All the while jealous as fuck that women can have multiple orgasms.”

sally, 16.4.20.

the thinking:

thinkers at the table:

rebel manal, rebel steph, rebel chris, rebel jenn

summary of submission

key points:
why is there a male bias over scientific research?
why is the gaze more focused on male issues?
note we will be using some binary specific language tonight.
please note: we will be referring to those who have a uterus as there is a focus on endometriosis.
first anatomically correct drawing of a clitoris in a medical journal was 1998.
it takes an average of 6 years for women to be diagnosed with endometriosis.
a lot of people can’t get the dr every month to keep their pain medication up.
absence of female pleasure in mainstream discussion and porn.
pain isn’t gender specific – looking at pain through a gender specific lens.
shame is a barrier.
responsibility for contraception is put onto women.
medical knowledge in general has been male dominated.
stigma still tied to religion.
men’s bodies are simpler, women’s bodies are more complex in terms of reproduction.
social expectation to be fertile.
has been lots of discussion around how much pain black people can take or feel.

think time allocated: 60 mins

the rebel meetings were often rowdy, at times moving. there was vodka.  a consensus was reached.  the submissions were thunked.

winning idea

pvi rebels will create an informative and humorous poster that draws comparisons between different types of pain experienced by male and female bodies.  for example, being kicked in the balls by an afl player still rates lower than childbirth on the tiny revolutions graph.  these posters were installed in all gendered toilets in pubs around the port.

where does it need to take place?

public toilets
medical centres

are there any legal implications to the activity?