Emancipating Empathy! Your Voice Counts!

Hey Feministers! Your voice is so essential in the following project:

For our Women and Gender Studies Capstone Project at Grand Valley State University, we are in the process of developing a creative, activist project and want to get individuals who experience marginalization to give us a deeper understanding of the emotions associated with oppression (sizeism, ableism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, etc.)

Our main goal is to incorporate your voices to shape the production of our artwork, and then gather inspiration from the art as a medium to ultimately inspire empathy within our community. To accomplish this goal, we were hoping that you could do us the honor of sharing your personal story.

Oh, and don’t worry – it will be anonymous and confidential! However, if you wish, you can allow us to give you personal credit by signing a waiver form. It’s up to you, of course. Your words will be then be expressed in a social activist project involving art, poetry, personal quotes and accounts, and other creative outlets.

If you are interested, please either set up a time with one of us to do a personal interview, or if it would be more convenient, we’d be more than happy to e-mail you the interview questions.

There is also the option of sending creative submissions (poetry, photography, paintings, etc). Your voice is extremely critical in the furthering of this project, and if could help refer us to others who would be interested in helping out, that would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to contact either of us! Below is our contact information.

Thank you so much for your time and we hope that you can join us in the pursuit of social justice!

Nicole and Joi

Nicole: hollebrn@mail.gvsu.edu

Joi : duplerj@gmail.com

“ All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.” -Noam Chomsky

NOTE: Wow! It has been such a long long time since I have been physically and mentally able to post. Chronic Fibromyalgia is one literal pain in the ass, but fibro brain fog is worse…. especially when you’re in college and trying to graduate! I will surely be speaking about this in the above project :)

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