Feminist Tshirt, 2013
This project was as much about the development of my own understanding as it was about the development of the concept. I began the process by starting a conversation with as many people as I could and through these conversations, my own beliefs and understandings began to solidify.
At first, what I was concerned about was the connotations associated with the word “feminist”. I wanted to use the Tshirt as a platform to label myself a feminist because it was something that I felt uncomfortable declaring publicly. It troubled me that calling myself a feminist seemed to mean I was unfeminine.
Through various conversations, I had found that most people would not willingly label themselves a feminist even though they believed in equal rights. The Tshirt became my way of redefining the term ‘feminist’ so that it includes everyone who believes in equal rights. If you think that men and women should be equal, then you may just be a feminist.