Remember back in January, when my photo, Judgments, went viral?
So, a couple weeks ago, a Belgian political party stole my work, and used it for their own purposes. They twisted into something completely against my morals – and called it “Freedom or Islam”.
So, naturally, I flew to Belgium to stand up for myself – with help from the amazing organization My Choice Not Yours. (So yes – I’M IN BELGIUM! It’s amazing, but that’s another post.)
It bothers me that they stole my work, but it bothers me even more that the message they’re putting out is just wrong. It’s wrong to condemn people based on the clothes they wear, their religion, race, or sexual orientation. Everybody has a right to make their own choices. No person, or especially government should be able to interfere with that. It my choice, not yours.
So, to make it absolutely clear what my work is about, and to show wannabe-fascists everywhere that we will not be coerced into blind hatred – I need a little bit of your help.
We thought up a crazy idea to extend the message of my original work: this Saturday, October 12th, my friends and I here in Brussels are going to print out a life-size version of Judgments. We’re going to go downtown, ask women of all colors and religions to take their picture next to it and post it on their Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr with the hashtag #mychoicenotyours.
Want to help? Here’s what you do: click here to download the poster, which prints in black-and-white on A4 paper – and take a photo next to it. Take a photo of your friends next to it. Take a photo of your grandmother next to it – and post it with the hashtag #mychoicenotyours.
Do you have an odd haircut, non-traditional style of dress, or interesting tattoo? Write “it’s my choice, not yours” on a piece of paper or your skin, take a picture and hashtag #mychoicenotyours in the name of diversity.
If you really want to be heard, join us in taking it to the street this Saturday. Print out our poster and ask people to take their picture next to it using the hashtag #mychoicenotyours.
Let’s make it a big global statement: it’s my choice, not yours.
So, normally I would never ask anyone to “please like my page”, but I feel like this is very important. A (far right, historically xenophobic, and apparently neo-fascist) politial party from Belgium has stolen my art and turned it into anti-Islamist propaganda.
"On 19 september 2013 the Flemish far right senator Anke Van der Meersch started her campaign "Freedom of Islam" in which she lends her legs for an image that - according to herself -suggests the consequences and reactions that women face regarding the length of their skirts in what she calls the "threat of Islamification of European cities"." (quote from bad English translation of Belgian article)
This, for various reasons, is really not okay with me. A few activists in Belgium have set up a Facebook page for me to raise awareness and garner sympathy, and likely get more media attention, considering my history. I’m going to do everything I can to support this.
Please consider liking this page, in support of me, and artists who have been ripped off everywhere.
Congratulations, you're the only person in the world to ever come up with skirt length having to do with labels. You're the kind of self-righteous whore that deserves to be slut-shamed. Not only do you show an unrealistic expectation of ownership over an entire fucking concept, but in doing so you bring down the reputation of this whole "rape culture" movement you sluts promote. Get raped.
I’m usually not one to post hate mail, but this one was so hilariously off-base and self-contradicting, I had to post it.
Also, hater, props for spelling everything correctly, that’s a rare thing in hatemail nowadays, I appreciate it. :D
Hiatus! For the next month or so, I am working really hard for the amazing In The House Festival – and then I’m running away and taking a train to Boston for a dance camp (Beantown, for all you Tumblrhoppers). From there I will hitch a ride to Montreal and then be a professional bum for a month, wherein I will have lots of time and angst for more art.
Yes, I’ve seen the atrocity that is Curvy Kate’s ad. Yes, that was taking my art and twisting the message to the exact opposite of the orignal message. They took it down, and I’m happy. But I’m not happy because I somehow vanquished some company that was looking to steal my idea – I’m happy because the internet is looking out for me.
I’ve somehow managed to get a lot of thoughtful, intelligent people on my side – to encourage me to be the best artist I can be and stick up for me when my work is being taken advantage of (to the extent that I found out about this whole ordeal via. Curvy Kate apologizing to me on Twitter). It does a lot to restore/spark one’s faith in the human race.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I don’t know how, but the internet gods have blessed me with you, and I’m going to try and give you the best of me.
I'm sure you have tons of silly messages like this, but your work is really amazing. I've been struggling with the whole women can dress how they want to thing for a while because I mean obviously its true but just everything I was raised on was so against that, and that picture really helped me realize how silly I was being. Keep up the amazing-ness.
Thank you. I’m so glad to have helped you, even a little.
I’ve done interviews with The Province (big deal where I’m from up in ‘lil old Canada) and The Art Market. Then Jezebel got wind of it via some rando facebook group, and then Huffpost picked it up. You so crazy, Tumblr.
A lot of people have been asking about buying prints of “Judgments” – hell yeah! I’d love to sell prints! Currently in the process of working out exactly how I should go about that. If any of you know of any good companies that would print my work, please let me know!
When I get prints going, I’ll fix my silly spelling error (prudisih). I’ll let you all know here and on Twitter (@roseaposey). Thanks again for showing so much interest in my work. :)
Hi! I recently joined a feminist group at my school which I am currently very loosely involved in due to other things in the way, but I will soon be more involved, and I was wondering if I could share your image with them and if it ever comes up, if we could use it in presentations or something of that nature? Thank you. :) Your photos are lovely, by the way.
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Yes, please do! If you want to use “Judgments” for education or awareness purposes (only), the answer is yes! Just please send me a message so I know how many awesome people are doing this.
Oh my gosh, guess I'm not the only one in love with your photo! I was wondering if I could use your photo (correctly cited) for a visual representation for slut shaming. It's my semester IB project and this is perfect! It's such a wonderful photo
Hi! The picture of the leg with all the words on it, I was wondering if I could use it for my binder cover for my research project on slut shaming? I will give you credit and cite you in my bibliography and stuff, I just wanted to know if it was okay with you!
Of course you can! Thanks for asking.
It makes me so incredibly happy that my message has made it out into the world and impacted as many people as it has. Thank you!