The Wall Of Shamed is an interactive artwork in which women and girls are invited to share their experiences of being shamed.
Experiences can be shared physically on the wall, using marker pens provided, or online using the hash tag #wallofshamed
If you would like your experience to remain private, just tell me about it in the form below and I will share your story anonymously ... just try to keep it as short as possible :)
The wall is currently being shown at the Victorian College of the Arts Masters Graduate Exhibition from 5th December to 10th December.
Body shaming. Fat shaming. Slut shaming. Period shaming. Mother shaming. Food shaming. Gender shaming. Victim shaming. The list goes on …
Women and girls are shamed throughout their lives for not living up to patriarchally prescribed ideals of ‘womanliness’. The expectation is that women are thin, but not too thin. That their breasts are perky and don’t sag. That they don’t have cellulite, that their legs are long and their tummy flat. Menstruation is taboo in several religious orders and often considered dirty and impure. If a woman is seen to be too sexually active or dressing in a sexy way she will be shamed as a slut. The onset of motherhood can see women being shamed for all number of inflections; the shaming women receive for their screaming toddler in the supermarket, for breastfeeding in public, or simply being a teen mum or a single mum are but a few ways women are shamed for not living up to the lofty heights of the perfect mother. Women and girls are shamed for their choices in dress; a girl who enjoys rough play and sports is labeled a tom-boy and if a woman chooses to have short hair and wear ‘unfeminine’ clothing she will be ostracized for not being ‘feminine’ enough. When women and girls reveal that they have been raped or sexually abused the first thing they’re asked is what they were wearing and how they were behaving.
Did someone say something to you that hurt you? Did you receive a ‘look’ that made you feel less than? Have you been degraded or shamed simply for being female? Were you teased because of what you look like, or something you said? Did someone physically or mentally abuse you?
Please feel welcome to share your stories, your pain, your suffering. You may use illustrations or words to express yourself on this wall. It is yours.
You may like to photograph your text and share it on social media using the hash tag #wallofshamed or submit your experience using the online form below. Your story will be shared on the Instagram and Tumblr feed The_Wall_Of_Shamed
Let’s talk about shame. And, more importantly, let’s put a stop to it.