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Painting the naïveté of men / Peindre la naïveté des hommes

2017 . 12 . 18 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

This is a double portrait of a US senator as the Wizard of Oz and of Anita Hill as Dorothy.

Ceci est un double portrait d’un sénateur américain comme le Magicien d’Oz et d’Anita Hill comme Dorothy.

When dealing with offensive behavior, including sexual harassment, I like to respond with a formula I was taught to use any time someone is making me uncomfortable, but I don’t always manage to. For example, with the old man at beginning of this video, I didn’t say anything. I just walked away, too stunned by his actions to respond. I feel shame about not standing up to him and I feel shame for feeling shame, but talking about it calms me a bit. My hope is that sharing all this will help make all of us better at standing up for ourselves and each other.

Face à un comportement offensif, y compris le harcèlement sexuel, je préfère répondre avec une formule qu’on m’a appris à utiliser quand quelqu’un me gène, mais je n’arrive pas toujours à le faire. Par exemple, avec le vieil homme au début de cette vidéo, je ne lui ai rien dit. Je suis partie, trop abasourdie par ses actions pour répondre. J’ai honte de ne pas avoir fait face à cet homme et j’ai honte de ressentir de la honte, mais ça me soulage d’en parler. Mon espoir est que partager tout cela nous aidera à mieux nous défendre nous-même et à défendre les autres.

Alan Simpson and Anita Hill in a Wizard of Oz remix

Gwenn Seemel
Because because because because! Because of the [horrible] things [the patriarchy] does! /
         À cause à cause à cause à cause! À cause des choses [horribles] que fait [le patriarcat]!

acrylic on panel / acrylique sur blois
20 x 10 inches / 51 x 25 centimètres
(detail below / détail plus bas)

detail of Because of the [horrible] things [the patriarchy] does! / détail de À cause des choses [horribles] que fait [le patriarcat]!

This painting is available as prints and t-shirts and things here and the original is also available for $1500.

Ce tableau est disponible sur des affiches ainsi que sur des t-shirts ici et l’original est disponible pour $1500.



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(2) Comments / Commentaires: Painting the naïveté of men / Peindre la naïveté des hommes

-- libby fife -- 2017 . 12 . 18 --


The idea that people who are harassed (or who are abused in some way) should just leave or not put up with whatever behavior, is a common fallacy. The person who wants the other person to just leave or fight back doesn’t understand (in my opinion) what is going on. That senator’s statement lacked empathy and understanding in the worst way but is a prime example of that fallacy.

Hopefully things are beginning to loosen and shift. I don’t know though. I don’t have a lot of hope for this subject.

The portrait is lovely. Keeping Anita Hill’s name out there is important.


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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 12 . 18 --

@Libby: It’s true. I could just as easily do a painting about the naïveté of white people (and I might just!). It’s so hard to see the paradigms we live in—particularly the power paradigms. We like to assume that everyone can act and react as we do, as if their experiences shouldn’t impact their choices at all. I know I’ve been guilty of seeing others this way and I probably still am.

But Anita Hill gives me hope. Clarence Thomas may have a lifetime position of power because of the patriarchy, but Hill’s testimony fundamentally shifted things in our society as well. The seeds she planted 26 years ago are trees now. And while the visibility of those trees spawned the MRAs as the maniacal group of clear cut enthusiasts that they are, they can’t win. There are too many of us, and every year we grow more quickly as we create an ecosystem for those who come after us! (I hope.)

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