Since the spark of the #MeToo movement in late 2017, discussions surrounding sexual conduct, consent, and the previously accepted social norms that come with both have gained traction. In the Philippines and the world over, the movement first shed light on the vile underbelly of sexual desire and the lengths some people would go in order to pacify this, and then turned to the discussion of power imbalances and social injustice among the sexes that have, for years, excused abuse.
#MeToo is part of other Hashtag Movements (#TimesUp, #ShoutYourAbortion) that have ushered in a new wave of activism since 2010 and finds it power and advancement in the act of open discussion. These three in particular are by and for women and have, under their respective hashtags, provided a platform for them to share their personal stories of abuse and hurt that they have kept quiet about, because they were made to feel that these are just some of the things they have to accept, by virtue of their birth. These movements have created spaces of mutual understanding and camaraderie within their circle of survivors, and generated a postmodern discussion of societal beliefs and sexual norms for those outside of it.
“I wanted something impactful and commanding– something that can both exude the beauty of a woman and the power that she holds.”
These movements have returned to their rightful owners the power, possession, and love of their own bodies, although it’s a puzzle as to why it was stolen at all. In the midst of this cultural and moral shift, Davao-based lifestyle brand Revere collaborates with erotica graphic artist Kay Aranzanso, otherwise known by her artist moniker DarlingKink, for their newest collection set for release this Valentine’s day.
The collaboration is more than a cheeky Valentine’s release as one might think. Revere, in their collaborations with the likes of Siamese Cat and DaggersForTeeth, have always kept with their namesake and creed: to revere, to worship craft and the artist behind it. And their latest collaboration champions the timely subject of women empowerment.
DarlingKink, the brand’s first female collaborator, has always been fascinated with the female form. Her graphic art looks to inspire Filipinas to discover and uncover the sexuality and desire that has always been veiled by her ever-conservative motherland. Her commission for the brand, an illustration of a half-naked woman, with the phrase “Worthy of Your Worship” wrapped around her, has finally lift the veil and looks at her viewer. No longer is she the passive object of the gaze. She now gazes back.
“I wanted something impactful and commanding– something that can both exude the beauty of a woman and the power that she holds,” DarlingKink shares. And now, in the heat of these movements and discussions, we cannot help but listen- and look. The DarlingKink x Revere launch party will be held at Suazo Bar, Davao City.