I work mostly with digital media, so “Unto the Pure” is one of only a couple of magazine collages I’ve done. The piece is laid out as a sort of visual map of the early struggle for identity that most gender non-conforming people face. For me, it’s a celebratory work, a tribute to those extra … [Read more…]
I started this series because I recognized my own ignorance in [not] recognizing the accomplishments of women of colors in our society after watching Hidden Figures (2016), despite the fact that I would proudly call myself a feminist. At that point, I realized there needed to be more self-education regarding intersectionality of feminism. I picked Laverne … [Read more…]
I drew Pure a few days after I publicly came out, and I was depressed and exhausted. I kept being told that queer people were sexual deviants, disturbed, sinners, evil, etc. After getting into (yet another) fight with my mom, I called my friend and ranted about everything. I stayed up all night with them, … [Read more…]
They mock our safe spaces Say that we’re whiny weak whippersnappers who are part of the pathetically pitiful participation trophy generation Yet They are afraid of our very existence Me taking a breath as a queer gender non-conforming woman who gives no fucks about their social norms And doesn’t want to participate nicely in their … [Read more…]
This piece represents the fluidity of my sexuality. In our ever-changing world, I believe that society must become aware and more accepting that there are not always easy or exact answers to questions. Katie Murray is an OU student who aspires to be a middle school teacher. She enjoys painting, spending time with her family, discovering new art, riding her bike, and making playlists on Spotify.
In Binary Figments, I explore aspects of performative gender theory, sexuality, historical ecofeminism, and the concept of gender and sexuality as a spectrum. I was originally inspired to create this piece when I realized that I was subconsciously doodling gender theory. Other inspirations include the works of Judith Butler and Simone de Beauvoir, the religious use of entheogens … [Read more…]
As a trans woman of color, I admire the ways that OU has worked to accommodate all students. The Gender and Equality Center (which leads events such as the Queer Tour and provides resources for LGBTQ+ students), the Queer Student Association, and the LGBTQ+ Lounge all help LGBTQ+ students find their community on campus. The … [Read more…]
Reproductive justice is the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social, and economic well-being of women and girls, based on the full achievement and protection of women’s human rights, according to the Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice.¹ My experiences with sexuality and reproductive justice began in childhood, through a series of painful and difficult encounters of … [Read more…]