Pink. As a girl, I loved it. As a twenty-something, I loathed it. As a lady, I adore it again. Women like me, who arm themselves with pink, turn to it as a color of force. A symbol of confidence in our gender.
“If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack. Men hate women who weep.” –Coco Chanel
Typically on Artwork Monday, I talk to Paolo about his work to create a post. This Artwork Monday, I’m doing things a little differently. Today, I’m paying tribute to my Husband Paolo, by talking about an issue that’s important to both of us.
2016 was a difficult year for women in the America. We were sickened as a man who bragged about groping women, was elected President. The election results told us, many of the people in America, were not offended by his behavior. That it was deemed excusable, acceptable, no big deal. The election results told us the inequality we fight daily, will continue.
November 9th, 2016 women all across America, cried together.
School and office bathrooms became our sanctuary.
Whether Trump really gropes women or not, is not the point. His words and careless disregard for their use, is.
Let us be clear, “locker room” talk is not an acceptable excuse. It’s weak and distasteful.
Decent men understand, their rights do not extend beyond their own body.
If he is to be our leader, he needs to hear our voices united, asking him to be mindful of his words and actions. To consider us equals and not objects.
What can we do about it? We can take action. We can march in protest. Women’s March on Washington is planned for January 21st. If marching is not an option, witnessing and sharing is. Share updates from the march, start discussions about why the march is important and what it signifies. Talk about women’s rights.
Women, tell your stories, share your experiences and your frustrations. We have earned our right to do so.
Women, signing up to march, inspire me.
Men like Paolo, who voice disgust over Trump’s character and behavior inspire me.
Fathers who raise strong women, are inspiring.
Mother’s who set examples of strength, are inspiring.
Now is our time to come together. Both the blue and the pink in this country and stand up for the rights of women.
“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” Elizabeth Taylor
To Paolo and the many men like him, who believe in and fight for equal rights, thank you. By seeing strength in a woman as beautiful, you inspire us to remain strong.
Nantucket Inspired Art
Paolo plays with the emotionally evocative qualities of colors. By pushing colors of reality, to new hues, he reflects the feeling of a moment, more accurately than the lens.
Lipstick is personally one of my favorite pieces of Paolo’s work. The ocean kissing the shoreline in a gentle give and take. The balance of masculine and feminine playing together.
In Lipstick, I see a world, where the pink is just as strong as the blue.
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