Art is unlike many subjects in school in that it allows you to express your thoughts, opinions, and feelings through a certain medium. That gives students a lot of freedom to make a statement of their choice, but that doesn’t particularly mean their instructors will like it.
Twitter user Alex Bertulis-Fernandes had one particular teacher who didn’t seem to like the statements she was saying in her pieces. He told her to ‘dial down the feminism,’ which became the statement she centered her latest project on.
Last week one of my art teachers suggested I 'dial down the feminism.' Today I showed him my newest piece: pic.twitter.com/VrnB4oJ8Cz
— Alex Bertulis-Fernandes (@alexbertanades) February 7, 2018
Okay, you have to admit that’s pretty clever. It’s rebellious, the message is loud and clear, and hey, it’s still art.
People couldn’t get enough of the art student and her feminist masterpiece.
— Keeping the chins up (@KeepingChins) February 8, 2018
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Honestly, who does this teacher think he is? Shouldn’t he be encouraging his students to explore their own ideologies through different mediums?
1. Your art teacher sucks. 2. You’re awesome.
— Trink (@CujoChihuahua) February 8, 2018
As an art teacher, I’m appalled. As a woman, I’m furious! Dial it down? I will add my feminism to you and LETS TURN IT WAY UP! nice response art!
— fig (@EmWolfe1) February 8, 2018
Perhaps Alex’s piece can even be a lesson. After all, there will always be people in your life who try to tell you to dial back on the things you’re passionate about because, well, it just makes them uncomfortable.
It’s a brilliant concept in response to anything, if you think about it: don’t let anyone dial you back to suit their ideals.
— 🍁🇨🇦 Nicoley Pepsi-coley 🇨🇦🍁 (@autisticanadian) February 8, 2018
They always ask women to tone it down when speaking up on issues. Translation: “Protest but do it the way I want it so it doesn’t ruffle my feathers.”
— Fransisca Lifestyle (@FransiscaLstyle) February 8, 2018
I really need a poster of this so I can hang it on my wall and draw strength from it daily. After all, it’s the people who tell you to ‘calm down’ that will stop you from ever getting what you want — and deserve.