The Great Garbage Avalanche of 2017

As the conversation around women, men, and power evolves by the hour, I find Brit Marling’s article to be radiant in its complexity and muscle. Highly recommended reading. After reading her piece, I was reminded of encountering John Berger for the first time. Both Marling and Berger’s words presented me with an idealogical microscope so clear, sharp, and personal; it’s hard to imagine a time when I thought being employed as a Coors Light girl was acceptable. True story.

John Berger – Ways of Seeing, 1972.

Everyday I open my newsfeed to a swelling institutional avalanche of accusations and downfall. This toxic landslide is uprooting people, systems, and social masks. The power-shift we are witnessing is the product of a boiling point — not only for women, but for anyone who has experienced assault or disempowerment. I can add a hundred or more personal moments to the #metoo movement. Every woman I know holds her aggregate of uninvited groping, uncomfortable jokes in the board room, and realizations that the drunken tumble in the bushes was actually rape. I am honoured to be a woman, and to watch the tower fall. It has been far too long, far too hushed, and far too inexcusable.

Ultimately, I hope this decomposition will evolve into a society which values vulnerable and authentic communication. To speak the truth can be equal parts terrifying and empowering, whether it be an acknowledgement of mental illness, celebrity-caused delusion, or sexual assault. As the avalanche continues to gain momentum, the clearing will open wider. Brit Marling summarizes the situation with such grace, I’ll leave you with the voice of another:

It’s not these bad men. Or that dirty industry. It’s this inhumane economic system of which we are all a part. As producers and as consumers. As storytellers and as listeners. As human beings. That’s a very uncomfortable truth to sit inside. But perhaps discomfort is what’s required to move in the direction of a humane world to which we would all freely give our consent.”

Barbara Kruger. “Untitled (Your Body is a Battleground),” 1989.