Japanese American Women--California--Social Conditions
The poster features a black/white image of Venus standing on a columnar pedestal. She covers her bosom with one hand, while
her other hand and hair covers her genitalia. The text (a poem by Janice Mirikitani) states, "Ms. I got into a thing with
someone because I called her miss ann/hearst/rockefeller/hughes instead of ms. I said it was a waste of time worry about it.
Her lips pressed white thinning words like pins pricking me--a victim of sexism. I wanted to call her what she deserved but
knowing it would please her instead I said, white lace satin was never soiled by sexism sheltered as you are by mansions built
on Indian land your diamonds shipped with slaves from Africa your underwear washed by Chinese launderies your house cleaned
by my grandmother so do not push me any further. And when you quit killing us for democracy and stop calling ME gook. I will
call you whatever you like." The text color is white against a black background.
General physical description note:
20 x 26 in.
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