Where are you from?
How do you like to spend your time?
Making ceramics, drinking wine, reading, eating in the suburbs.
Whats your story?
I'm not really sure what my story is. I'm from Kentucky, lived in Chicago, then New York, then out of the country for a while, and somehow wound up back in Chicago, which I'm really learning to love the second time around. One of my parents is an artist and has been a large factor in inspiring me to make things I'm proud of. However, all of them (I have 4) have supported me in becoming the person I am and have helped me build confidence in myself over the years. It took me a long time to find a way of living that I was really proud of, and I'm still working on it, but I think I'm on the right track. My experiences traveling and living abroad are certainly a huge part of that, and also a large part of my feelings on feminism. I lived in northern India for a year, and that was hugely impactful in terms of opening me up to new experiences and issues, both incredibly beautiful and difficult.
What is feminism to you?
Feminism means choice. It's not necessarily about acting a certain way, but about having choices and feeling empowered in your choices. It's about confidence and being comfortable with who you are and asserting yourself.
What does "Feminist as Fuck" mean?
It means that, without apology, without agenda, without hesitation. I AM a feminist and I don't have to explain what that means or defend myself to anyone :)
What feminist topics are most important to you?
It seems that feminism touches so many aspects in life, for me it's more of a general attitude and approach to all topics. An attitude of equality. However, I recently came across the organization A Long Walk Home, and I am making a contribution to them this year (and hopefully many more to come) because I think they are doing amazing work. In their words, they are a “Chicago-based, national nonprofit that uses art to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence against girls and women.” Violence against women extends from our own community to those in every farflung part of the world, in varying severity. To me, that's what needs to be addressed first and foremost.