I have spent months addressing the perception of the female.
That a woman with intelligence is powerful.
That a woman with power is dangerous.
That a woman must be stopped from thinking about power.
That a woman must be stopped from thinking.
Measures must be put in place to prevent thought.
Women must be domesticated.
Women must be given a name that tells them to bake bread.
Women must be given a gender that is controlled.
This performance emerged from my recognition of the perception. I found it overwhelming and distressing that the perception is the root of our modern society, that the perception is overlooked and that the perception can not be unlearnt.
Knowing this I felt quite unhappy with myself and being a woman. I have always surrounded myself with male environments and male hobbies and have been unsure where I fit into the category of female for a long time as I don’t hit the major stereotypes. But this pushed me to view myself as a woman in an even more negative light. Feeling like I didn’t want to be associated with being female, feeding into the perception once again.
This performance was an attempt to cleanse myself of the negative perception. A ritual to shed the layer of discernment from my person and to break from this mindset.