A U.K. art teacher told a student, Alex Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes, to "dial down the feminism," so she got to work and sent him a new piece in response.
She shared her creation on Twitter:
The piece shows a dial cranked up to RAGING FEMINIST. Bertulis-Fernandes labeled the lowest setting COMPLICIT IN MY OWN DEHUMANISATION.
There's no word yet on what the teacher's response was, but Twitter users gave it an A+:
Of course it wouldn't be a proper discussion of feminism without men chiming in to 'splain some things:
That thread went on for a while, so some other guys gave us their own perspectives:
i mean, i get what you're trying to do here, but if i told someone to "dial down their crossfit-ism", i'd be telling them that they don't need to remind me at every irrelevant moment that they do crossfit. or are a vegan. or anything. maybe that's what they meant.— SPEERO (@SPEEROTHEKID) February 8, 2018
Isn't there a setting somewhere in between,— John (@JohnTuckerPhD) February 7, 2018
"Appropriately assertive; respectful to others"?
But enough of that! People related to Bertulis-Fernandes' frustration with her teacher:
They always ask women to tone it down when speaking up on issues. Translation: “Protest but do it the way I want it so it doesn’t ruffle my feathers.”— Fransisca Lifestyle (@FransiscaLstyle) February 8, 2018
And they appreciated her subtle genius enough to request prints:
If you make this as a print, I will put it up in my 10 year-old daughter's room so she can draw power from it every day. Please let me know— decca (@decca0830) February 8, 2018
Bertulis-Fernandes responded that she's looking for a way to make prints available, so hang tight!
Thanks for all the love shown to this piece, it really means the world. I'm a bit overwhelmed so it may take me some time to respond to everyone! I'm considering selling prints/t-shirts - just trying to figure out the best way to do this. Once I do I will share the details here.— AlexBertulisFernande (@alexbertanades) February 8, 2018