It’s a strange thing when you have to advocate for your own humanity.
Here I am, a full person, with a whole life. I have a job, a family, a boyfriend, I’m shit at drawing but I’m ok at cooking. I love this one particular cake my mum makes (vanilla cake with buttercream icing) and I have two pets, a cat and a dog. I hate roller coasters, I really have no idea why anyone would want to ride them but I really love watching films - there are loads I haven’t seen yet that sit on a big mental list. My boyfriend makes an amazing ramen, and a lot of my friends make amazing cocktails. We’re meant to be going on holiday soon.
Do you know all these things about me when you follow me home?
I live a minute and a half tops from the pub, could you gather all that in a minute and a half? Or do I need to advocate my own humanity to you?
Please don’t hurt me, please don’t hurt me.
I am a whole person, listen to all these things about me.
Do you know all that in a minute and a half or do you just see a girlish shape and think yeah, that’s mine.
Hannah Flowers / @_hannahflowers
'The Virtual Vigil' is a series of perspectives, emotions and poems written in response to the current political climate. As a feminist art collective we want to use our space to empower the voices of those affected by gender based violence. In doing so, we hope to challenge existing narratives and teach men that they have a collective responsibility to speak up and call out inappropriate and violent behaviours. If you would like to take part in our virtual vigil, please feel welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images by Emily Mort.