Men, Art & Love: For Fellas that Live Unchained Wednesday 12 October, 2011

Tim-Rodgers-Blog

People have often asked me how men fit in with Live Unchained. Now, some people ask about it with a condescending, judgmental tone. Those folks will have to figure out the answer (and why they would come at someone like that) on their own ;).  But, there are others who I know are asking from […]

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People have often asked me how men fit in with Live Unchained. Now, some people ask about it with a condescending, judgmental tone. Those folks will have to figure out the answer (and why they would come at someone like that) on their own ;).  But, there are others who I know are asking from a place of sincerity and love. For those folks, I do have a couple ideas…

Women have so much to share, and for black women, I know, we haven’t even heard the half of what we have to say about our experiences with things like joy, fear, love and change. The women we feature have creatively expressed powerful ideas about love, politics, vulnerability, poverty and, life, in general.

For men that want to support the women in their lives, learning where we are, the things that matter to us and how we would have things be, means a lot. Western society  glorifies constant action and doing–and, of course, these things are important in a world full of violence and inequality. But, stillness and openness to what others have to share is also important.

We are the most receptive and teachable when we are humbled. So, my first suggestion, for guys who would accept that they have much to learn about and from black women, and want to help projects like Live Unchained, is to listen to what the women are saying through their art. Notice what resonates with you, what you disagree with and what feelings you have in common. Then, you can tell us how you can help. And, if you’re looking for more inspiration, check out this piece on male feminists.

You can also share your creative spirit. Live Unchained hosts online collaborative projects throughout the year in which, men and people of various backgrounds participate alongside women of the Diaspora. Stay tuned for more details about the next creative event because we’d love for you to join us.

For our “You’re Unchained When…” project we reached out to several black male artists to contribute. They were extremely busy, and we weren’t paying them anything, but they participated because they love the beauty of black women and initiatives like Live Unchained. These pieces still fill me up.


 

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