With the raise of the women’s sexual assault awareness that has been surfacing abundantly lately, I wanted to create something to help change the way we perceive women in general. Inspired by the chrome extension stunt done by Tom Royal, I felt something regarding women’s image can be done within this frame. I had decide to do my first chrome extension and change woman images in the web to images that objectified women in general like lips or breast or uterus or a chewing gum… images that lessen from who women are, images that are insulting to women, to raise the awareness of how women might be perceived like a sex symbol breasts or uterus, or like something disposable like a chewing gum.. I meant to show the insult just to make people stop a bit and ponder about the perception.
How does it work?
Whenever you type in google search: woman, women, girls, girl the four pictures (lips, breasts, uterus and chewing gum) replaces randomly the search. But also to press the buttons a little bit more whenever you type: Mother, sister, daughter the pictures also get replaced and images objectified.
The purpose of this stunt is to make people think.
one thing that needs to be thought of more is how to make this stunt more engaging to people. Maybe at a later stage click on the image and a message pops out.
from google search image and Instagram:
And from different respectful sites:
It is kind of good to see images of respectful and serious sites that talks about serious issues regarding women turn into into these objectifying images of women. It shows how it lessen and insult the work and the being of women in general.
I Imagine this stunt made possible on Women International day as a symbolic reminder to how still in 2017 women are perceived and how they shouldn’t be.
The Elephant in the room is a public domain that discusses social taboos in communities. It could range from racism, sexism, LGBTQ, beliefs to sexual assault, mental illness, disabilities etc…
We usually talk about “the elephant in the room” when there is a certain subject or issue between two people or more that is being avoided. The members concerned are fully aware of the problem but do not talk about it. Reasons for this avoidance could be different however usually it revolves around the fear factor, fear to challenge a certain subject that people may not be open enough to accept it: Fear of causing distress to the other person, fear of creating a conflict, fear of being rejected, etc
But refusing or avoiding important matters in life is only gonna make it a bigger issue and increase everyday the number of people who suffer in silence. The only way to help out with social taboos is to start having conversations about them, challenge believes, debate and discuss so people become more open-minded, aware and tolerant of certain issues.
The elephant in the room is a real-time process and engagement. It chooses one subject at a time and the time limit to move to a new subject is “undefined” it will depend on the people, their interactions how much they support and accept to talk about the matter and how much there is reticence or reservation. Even opposing views are accepted if moderated because the idea is to invite people to talk about taboo matters and open a discussion, if we all agreed it wouldn’t be a taboo.
How does it work.
The elephant in the room is an elephant that fills in the screen, the more it has followers and people interacting with the chosen subject like telling a story, or supporting a cause with words or comments, or chatting publicly in open discussions… the more the elephant shrinks… it’ll shrink until it disappears. The elephant will appear back with a new subject on the table and so on.
The elephant interface on the site is going to be purposely annoying at first when it’s filling the screen but the more it shrinks the user interface becomes easier to navigate.