Yes, I do sometimes produce work reflect politics. Mercury Dice was one of my best. It was viciously reported on a Chinese media platform similar to Tumblr. After being reported the viewer of my post has decreased significantly which lead all evidence to manual control by admin.
I am very glad someone is afraid of my protest. Silencing the one who brought up the problem is not going to silence the existence of the problem.
Mercury Dice explores the current feminism movements in China and its impact on the modern model of females. It created an environment where identity and actions need to be separated before being judged, in order to question the audience: whether principles, boundaries, even laws exist in feminism movements?
The flourish of feminism has granted a significant amount of Chinese women an environment that their own desires and demands are respected. However, some traditional ideas and money worship that generated by the increasing living cost somehow distorted the value of some women. They have not realised that feminism brought them a fair chance to pursue their demands. Instead, they believe they could forcibly impose their dreams to their partners, and judging, insulting randomly when these demands are failed to be met. If such behaviour being criticised in any kind of manner, criticiser could be judged that ‘not respect the female identity and its right of demand’ as well as ‘the opponent of women rights’. Thus, a dead-end logic circle similar to political correctness has been simply created.
The idea of equality behind feminism is barely noticed to some groups of people. A noble equality movement that ought to bring legal rights to women is somehow manipulated into a reversed slut-shaming to groups of men. Feminism movements indeed should be encouraged. However, people should spread the idea through understanding and respect, not by enlarging the contradiction between genders in an extreme manner.
Each idea, movement, philosophy requires the supplement of new ideas so that its immune system will be activated, absorb positivities and self-adjust shortcomings. I have no intention to criticise which idea should women believe. As a matter of fact, they choose to believe ideas they would like to is already a massive improvement of women rights. All the illustration tried, is to insert a new insight into the system of modern Chinese feminism, to see whether a part could be absorbed, or be spat out.
If the subject is too sensitive to be discussed, a continuous delay will do no good. Eventually, someone needs to speak. If no one else intends so, why cannot the first one be me?
Generations of women and men fought for rights for women could choose to pursue their own dreams satisfy their demands without being restricted. Go roll your own dice, decide your own future, believe what you would like to believe.
Attempts of self-benefiting by stimulating contradictions between genders will only cause those whom parts of the movement being submerged by toxic mercury.
Feminism should give us the courage to stop men from randomly slut-shaming women based on their bias. But not encourage women to reverse slut-shaming men. Hatred and conflict could only solve problems on the surface level. A full victory of equality should be achieved by a comprehensive understanding and respect to each other.
Sketches were made when designing the clothes.