What is Generation: Handmaid?
The idea behind this project is to protest a series of bills proposed since the passing of Roe vs. Wade that have chipped away at women’s healthcare and have significantly increased throughout 2011 and into 2012. What we want to do is photograph a series of everyday women holding signs that simply state the name of a bill or law that will personally impact them. We are also toying with the idea of having simple statements on the signs in response to these individual laws and how they impact us. We are currently in the shooting and editing phase, and the finished product will appear on this site soon.
As a disclaimer, we want to state that we are not protesting any religious beliefs that may by influencing these laws. We believe that if someone’s religion dictates that they should refrain from using birth control or having an abortion, that is their decision and we respect that. What we cannot respect is the legislation of those beliefs and having them forced upon people who do not abide by that particular doctrine of faith. Abortion and birth control should be safe, legal, and accessible to all women. If a religious person takes issue with any of this, they can honor their faith by simply choosing not to partake in it.
We are protesting the secular population’s restriction of access to these medical amenities. We are protesting the reversal of decades of progress for women in this country. We are protesting, among other things, a chain of events that ought to horrify anyone who has ever had or loved a vagina:
This is just the tip of the iceberg. If we don’t speak out now, this trend can continue and Margaret Atwood’s eerie dystopian novel about the oppression of women can flicker into life.
We want the world to know that sexuality is not a condemnable thing. We want everyone to know that if Viagra is marketed and accessible, so should the birth control pill or intrauterine devices be. We want men to know that the restriction of birth control and abortions to women will effect them as well, and that the pro-choice population are not bad people. What separates men from women should simply be a single chromosome, and not an onslaught of laws and restrictions.
“Mother, I think. Wherever you may be. Can you hear me? You wanted a women’s culture. Well, now there is one. It isn’t what you meant, but it exists. Be thankful for small mercies.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale