Person: “Why are you doing this? Why does it even matter?”
Two reasons: 1. Today, a man I got coffee with on Saturday told me that, in our twenty minute meeting, he felt no connection to me and thus no desire to speak to me anymore. Twenty minutes doesn’t seem like a long time, and it seems as if the only motivation for such a conclusion was my “first impression.” Personally, I believe that first impressions are bullshit, that our bodies and our personalities have much richer histories than a twenty-minute pow-wow can hope to uncover. I want to challenge the idea of “first impressions” and the assumptions we make when we meet people. 2. As made famous by The Breakfast Club: “You see us as you want to see us…in the simplest terms, with the most convenient definitions.” We go through life either accepting or rejecting the terms on which we meet others. I want to challenge the idea that one is subject to another’s terms of engagement—you own your body, you know its story, so you should understand what it means to meet someone on your terms.
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