As an artist with a platform, it’s my duty to stand for issues and causes I believe in. As a business owner, you deserve to understand the core values and ethics that drive my business before you make a purchase from. As a customer or supporter of mine, you don’t have the right to demand my work meets your ideological standards.
I’m an Iranian-Mexican-Citizen Potawatomi Nation woman. I’m an intersectional feminist, and I acknowledge that the various identities that belong to us can often compound the discrimination we experience. This understanding shapes the work I do and how I work with students in my programs and how I write.
I also acknowledge that the patriarchy (white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, ageism, ableism, racism, colorism, and Christian supremacy) are baked into governmental, religious, and academic institutional structures, so many artists and creatives don’t have access to the resources they need in order to do the work they are born to do.
At the heart of it, I believe that privilege is an opportunity for hard work. So while I have benefited from many privileges in my life, those privileges have led me to opportunities for very hard work that I wouldn’t have had access to without those privileges. It’s ignorant to dismiss your privilege by stating you still worked hard, when everyone works hard, but not everyone has access to the same quality of hard work. Not all hard work enables financial stability and the opportunity for generational wealth.
I am dedicated to building a more just and equitable world for artists and creatives, and will consistently use my platform to do so.
Here’s how I plan to do that:
- I am committed to reading about and making space on my platform for antiracism. This means I will be studying how I can actively become a better antiracist, as well as lifting the voices of those who are doing the work.
- I believe the only worthwhile feminism is intersectional.
- I won’t allow hate speech and I am ready to have uncomfortable conversations. I refuse to play the respectability politics game. I believe people should be held accountable for what they do and say, especially when it causes harm or upholds systems that cause harm.
- I am educating myself more on colorism, and becoming aware of the privileges I have benefited from as a person who can pass for white.
- I refuse to perform my gender in the prescribed way that makes people comfortable. I’m big. I’m strong. I curse. And if you’re full of shit, you’re going to get called out on it.
- I am committed to sharing the work of writers and creators from diverse backgrounds.
- I will actively enable artists to better control the means of production when it comes to their creative work so that they are not exploited or undervalued.
This page will never be static. I plan to update and change the content as I become more aware and educated.