I don’t like it when we (the universal we) are talking about someone, a specific person, and refer to them as “an LGBT person” or “a trans* person” or “a person of color.” Like, they’re gay (or lesbian or bisexual or queer, etc.), they’re transgender (or genderqueer or agender, and so on) they’re Black (Latin@, Vietnamese, Lakota, so forth). They may be more than one of these things, but they’re not all of them. It seems assimilationist and tokenizing to me to refer to them with umbrella terms, a denial of their individuality. Same with the word problematic. It’s not problematic, it’s racist or sexist or transphobic or abusive, and not calling it such is sterilizing the issue and making it abstract enough that we can talk about it like it’s some kind of thought experiment. And stuff. So there. *shakes fist at empty room*
Kiki Smith - Lilith, 1994 - Bronze, silicon, and glass.
“In medieval Jewish lore, Lilith was Adam’s first wife. When she demanded to be Adam’s equal, she was evicted from the Garden of Eden. Lilith flew away to the demon world, replaced by the more submissive Eve. Smith catches us off guard with Lilith’s pose and placement. Most sculptures receive our gaze passively, but Lilith stares back with piercing brown eyes, ready to pounce.”