Curating the Art of the Resistance
When I am really standing up straight, I reach 5’2” – not a particularly great height to be in a crowd of, say, half a million people marching in Washington. Huddled within those jubilant masses last weekend, though, I did have a fantastic view when I looked up – at all the clever signs. At the end of the day, when my fellow marchers gathered around a table to share highlights of the day, clever signage was a recurring theme. Many of them had to do with women’s reproductive rights, like:
If my uterus were a corporation, would you stop regulating it?
Let’s talk about the elephant in the womb
If men got pregnant, you could get an abortion at an ATM
I’m not ovary-acting
But that was just a small sampling of the humor and creativity that graced those placards. Among my favorites were:
Urine Trouble Donald
So bad even introverts are marching
Twinkle, Twinkle little czar, Putin put you where you are
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-damental Human Rights
Tweet Others as U Want 2 BTweeted
We all agreed that these would make a fascinating museum exhibit. I am delighted to see that others had the same idea. Museums around the world are collecting signs from the Women’s Marches. The art work of the resistance lives on.