"Not Your Forbidden Fruit"
This piece was inspired by Suheir Hammed's "Not Your Erotic, Not Your Exotic" poem. In the poem Hammed talks about the fetishization of women of color in our culture. Her words urge women of color to counter how we are seen as rare and exotic even though there are plenty of women that look like us in the world. I relate to this poem so much because I grew up in a predominantly white area where because of my skin I was seen as something "new" or fetishized by the men in my life. So many time I would hear "I have never been with a black girl" or "you are the prettiest black girl I have ever seen." I used to embrace these micro aggressions as positives and they made me feel special. This piece is about me realizing what I am not, and that I shouldn't let someone use my body as their tantalizing idea of a fun time. I see this piece later becoming a performance piece.