06 December 2014

BodyPower -- Sixteen Days: Art and Reflection on Ending Gender-Based Violence

"BodyPower" -- Sixteen Days: Art and Reflection on Ending Gender-based Violence by Angelique V Nixon and Krystal Ghisyawan. This video of Days 6 to 10 focuses on erotic autonomy and body power in the face of gender-based violence. Women and girls are not the only victims of violence. We remember trans-bodies, gender-queer bodies, male bodies, racialised bodies in our call to end violence. Our bodies matter.
from Beloved by Toni Morrison -- may we sing these words in our hearts today and everyday:
“In this here place, we flesh; flesh that weeps, laughs; flesh that dances on bare feet in grass. Love it. Love it hard. Yonder they do not love your flesh. They despise it. They don't love your eyes; they'd just as soon pick em out. No more do they love the skin on your back. Yonder they flay it. And O my people they do not love your hands. Those they only use, tie, bind, chop off and leave empty. Love your hands! Love them. Raise them up and kiss them. Touch others with them, pat them together, stroke them on your face 'cause they don't love that either. You got to love it, you! And no, they ain't in love with your mouth. Yonder, out there, they will see it broken and break it again. What you say out of it they will not heed. What you scream from it they do not hear. What you put into it to nourish your body they will snatch away and give you leavins instead. No, they don't love your mouth. You got to love it. This is flesh I'm talking about here. Flesh that needs to be loved. Feet that need to rest and to dance; backs that need support; shoulders that need arms, strong arms I'm telling you. And O my people, out yonder, hear me, they do not love your neck unnoosed and straight. So love your neck; put a hand on it, grace it, stroke it and hold it up. and all your inside parts that they'd just as soon slop for hogs, you got to love them. The dark, dark liver--love it, love it and the beat and beating heart, love that too. More than eyes or feet. More than lungs that have yet to draw free air. More than your life-holding womb and your life-giving private parts, hear me now, love your heart. For this is the prize.”

We have a right to breathe. We have a right to dignity and justice. We rage for our lives. We rage for the future. We rage with our hearts, our voices, our spirits. We will not rest. We will not be silent. We rage more. Make Furious Our Survival. 


Our first video of Days 1-5 -- "Outrage" - Sixteen Days: Art and Reflection on Ending Gender-Based Violence.  

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