I am a woman. I am a woman in a world where my womanhood, where my body, does not belong to me. So, I stick it and poke it and starve it and hate it. I watch other women do the same. We are women in a world of men. That is the way it is, and that is the way it has been. To be the woe of man, is to live in a shadow. Let us please re-define. I am not a woman I am a womyn. A label to label all labels, a label I create, not given. Womyn because we deserve more than two letters unique from man. The people on top like to throw us through hoops, and play us like games, because they know that we are forces to be reckoned with, and they are afraid. We hurt ourselves and numb ourselves, so our control can trump theirs. That quiet, heartbreaking rebellion is not enough. We need to get louder. We are kicked and stripped of right after right. With morals and practices suppressing and suffocating the will of wo in womyn. It is painful to watch and painful to feel. So I paint. I paint so society can look in the mirror and feel self-conscious. I paint so that one person might see my painting, turn to the person on their left, and start a conversation. I paint so that there is no choice but to see the truth. We have suffered, we are rising. Enough is enough. I am womyn: I am the will of the wo in womyn.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Lilian Snider is a high school student who lives in Tucson Arizona. She is a published author, artist, social activist, and a member of the National Art Honor Society. Her mission is to spread awareness through her creations, highlighting social issues & conflict, with a perspective influenced by a childhood in these times of tumult.
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