After reading Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist Essays and participating in the Feminist Thought and Action course at The New School, I was inspired to create a piece of work that questioned the idea of labeling a feminist ‘good’ or ‘bad.’
Printed on a 170” long and 58” tall poster is a quote from the self proclaimed bad feminist, Roxane Gay—“I would rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all.”
In her collection of essays, she ellaborates on this– ”I embrace the label of bad feminist because I am human.I am messy. I’m not trying to be an example. I am not trying to be perfect. I am not trying to say I have all the answers. I am not trying to say I’m right. I am just trying—trying to support what I believe in, trying to do some good in this world, trying to make some noise with my writing while also being myself.”
Scarlet Sticker invites the viewer to interact with the poster by taking a marker and writing their name on one of the labels that fill the letterforms spelling out ‘bad feminist.’ They can then peel off the label and wear the scarlet sticker.
You can read more about the inspiration behind the project here.