This painting was inspired by this op-ed I read, What Does It Mean to ‘Throw Like a Girl’?
The article talks about everything from the physiological and psychological reasons why girls throw differently than boys, to the additional burden that female athletes carry of needing to look and act (off the pitch, at least) “feminine” while excelling athletically. I really like this quote:
“Athletic activity encourages not only self-mastery but mastery of the space and time through which they become — not to become “strong like the boys,” but to realize the wholeness of their personality, to be free.”
Funnily, I hadn’t heard about the Always #LikeAGirl campaign until after completing the painting, but it fits right in. Take a few minutes to watch this brilliant video:
Apparently it’s being used in schools all over the world, how awesome is that?
In my Flawless series I strive to reshape gender norms by refusing to apologize for femininity, recognizing that pretty isn't weak.