A day or so ago I made this comment on Facebook:
“I believe that in my office storage space, I have about a dozen unused white 2″ Avery Binders. I am willing to send these out to the first dozen people who commit to doing something “artful” about women and politics and roles or WHATEVER, before the election. Only a few Rules: you pay the postage, and agree to send me .jpegs of your artful interpretation before Nov 1 – yes, that’s a tight deadline.
If we are going to be in binders, eventually the men in our lives are as well.
Use humor, satire, make something fabulous. I’ll put it all on line, on my website, my museletter and one at a time on FB. If you have your own unused Binders, let me know if you would like to participate. If you dress for Halloween, males and females, consider “Binder” costumes.
Send me photos! I will put it all on line. Make a statement. I do not care (HAH) about your candidate of choice but some things are unacceptable. Let’s use art to say so.
On further reflection I have a few changes to make:
*It’s less expensive for you to purchase or upcycle an existing binder, or even create a “binder” than it is for me to send you one, even if you pay for postage.
*Binders* can have a number of different meanings. Be creative.
*NO LIMIT on what or what you portray or target, how or what sort of statement you want to make or end up making. No size or materials limitation.
This participation is open to all, regardless of gender or preference. Everyone and anyone prompted to respond to this phrase is welcome. IMO, the implications of this phrase have the potential to do grievous harm to equal rights for all of us. But maybe I’m over reacting.
Even if I disagree with your point of view as I see it in the imagery:
**I will post everything unless it condones or promotes violence, or is pornographic.**
Please send a short statement giving me permision to post your work and that it is copyrighted. if you do not want your name published, please let me know. (I’ll use initials.)
All imagery is due November 2 (this allows for performance pieces that might take place on Halloween. Please send at least two images of your work. (images should be low res (72dpi) and no larger than 4×6 (aka 450 dpi wide or tall). That way I won’t have to spend a lot of time editing and my computer won’t crash <G>.
I want to start posting images ASAP before Election Day. I want this to be an event!
LMK if you plan to participate, so I can plan my time. Thanks.
You need not be a US citizen or resident to participate. IMO the implications of the sort of thinking the phrase reflects has the potential to affect things globally.
Our candidates are using words to tell us what they think. “Women in binders” is a loaded phrase.
Show us what it means or implies to you!
**p.s. this is the serious part:
No matter where you stand on any of the issues, it is important to consider them carefully.
If you are a US Citizen, please VOTE.
If you live in a state that is trying to intimidate voters, e.g. trying to disallow students who did not give their dorm room number, object! Stick up for your rights!
(FWIW, my state allows early absentee voting, so I have made my decisions and cast my ballot.)