Artist Created A Wall Where Women And Girls Shared Their Stories Of Being Shamed And Abused, & Results Are Heartbreaking

  • By Asad Tipu
  • December 10, 2017
  • 4 minutes read

An artist created a wall of shame.

There, she wrote examples of shaming women have had to deal with for the world to see. She does it anonymously for those who don’t want to share their name, and those who do can as well.

The artist in question is Suzie Blake, a self-described feminist, and an artist. She became pregnant when she was a teenager and had to go through a life of belittlement and abuse. It spurred her to create this piece.

Body shaming. Fat shaming. Slut shaming. Period shaming. Mother shaming. Food shaming. Gender shaming. Victim shaming. The list goes on…

Experiences can also be shared physically on the wall, which is on display in Melbourne, Australia at the Victorian College of the Arts Masters Graduate Exhibition.

You may like to share your experiences in a response to this post, or write it down on a piece of paper, photograph it and stick it on your Instagram or Facebook feed with the hashtag #wallofshamed.

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#1 The wall of shame.

I started the project because of my personal experiences of having been shamed. I’d been told I needed to go to Jenny Craig as a child and was teased as a teenager because my breasts developed early.

#2 Close up.

These comments shaped who I am as a person, and I’m sure they had a lot to do with the eating disorders I experienced throughout my teens and early twenties.

#3 She went through a lot.

I wanted to offer an opportunity for women and girls to share their experiences because as the saying goes ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. I realize that it’s often hard to publicly acknowledge and share these experiences of shame so I placed the wall in a corner, so people could write privately.

#4 Fatshaming.

We know that women and girls are shamed throughout their lives for not living up to patriarchally prescribed ideals of ‘womanliness’.

#5 Stopping traffic.

The expectation is that women are thin, but not too thin. That their breasts are perky and don’t sag. That they don’t have cellulite, that their legs are long and their tummy flat.

#6 Formula made her fat.

Menstruation is taboo in several religious orders and often considered dirty and impure. If a woman is seen to be too sexually active or dressing in a sexy way she will be shamed as a slut.

#7 Borrowed.

The onset of motherhood can see women being shamed for all number of infections; the shaming women receive for their screaming toddler in the supermarket, for breastfeeding in public, or simply being a teen mum or a single mum are but a few ways women are shamed for not living up to the lofty heights of the perfect mother.

#8 Convenience.

Women and girls are shamed for their choices in dress; a girl who enjoys rough play and sports is labeled a tom-boy and if a woman chooses to have short hair and wear ‘unfeminine’ clothing she will be ostracized for not being ‘feminine’ enough.

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