I DIDN’T ASK FOR THIS:
A LIFETIME OF DICK PICS
After receiving “a dick pic so beautiful it should be in a museum,” an idea was born; a home full of penises. A gallery that would mirror my exhaustion with the constant harassment that women are expected to silently endure. What started as a subversive, educational art exhibit quickly became a viral, traveling, 2-day feminist festival with over 15,000 attendees. Vice said the show “redefined female empowerment,” Playboy said we “kicked civility to the curb,” and Huffpost remarked that our “exposure of the normalization of misogyny was groundbreaking.”
Featuring hundreds of unsolicited dick pics inside a full recreation of a woman’s home, this exhibit cheekily illustrated that no matter where we go, no matter what we do–women can never escape the patriarchy. The success of the series was not only due to its inventive nature but to how pervasive and systemic the problem of sexual harassment really is.
This series was much a celebration of sex positivity and empowerment as it was a condemnation of harassment. Along side the home exhibit was artwork from 50+ artists, a day of educational panels & sex-ed workshops, an uninhibited dance party, a 200 dildo photobooth, a vibrator vending machine, and a pop-up feminist marketplace. Our mission was to empower women to regain their agency while clearly combatting the notion that abuse is about sex, when it is in fact about power.
IN THE INSTALLATION PORTION OF THE GALLERY WE RECREATED A WOMAN’S HOME: BEDROOM, BATHROOM, LIVING ROOM, KITCHEN, AND OFFICE; DOWN TO THE VERY LAST DETAIL. THEN FILLED IT WITH HUNDREDS OF UNSOLICITED DICK PICS, THE OFTEN-TIMES HORRIFIC MESSAGES THAT ACCOMPANY THEM, AND FRAMED STATS ON HARASSMENT. THIS TERRIFYING RIVER OF ASSAULT AND ABUSE WAS AGGRESSIVELY INSERTED INTO THE PLACE WHERE WE SHOULD FEEL OUR MOST SAFE AND SECURE TO SHOW THAT THE PATRIARCHY IS, QUITE LITERALLY, INESCAPABLE.
PARTY & MARKETPLACE
OUR GOAL WAS TO EMPOWER AND INSPIRE WOMEN THROUGH COMMUNITY, CONVERSATION, AND A WHOLE LOT OF FUN! OUR OPENING NIGHT PARTIES FEATURED LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM QUEER MUSICIANS AND DJs, A 200 DILDO PHOTOBOOTH, A VIBRATOR VENDING MACHINE, LIVE FEMME TATTOOS, CUSTOM NAIL ART, A PAINT YOUR OWN DILDO EXPERIENCE, AND A POP-UP FEMINIST MARKETPLACE FEATURING VENDORS FROM OUR CORPORATE & NON-PROFIT PARTNERS.