Recreate Your Values.

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War Paint

War Paint

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War Paint

Amy Shearer

As a heterosexual white female, it’s relatively safe to say that I’m part of a privileged group in society. However, I believe that everyone, regardless of their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or social background, deserves to be treated equally and be provided with the same opportunities. Therefore, I was inspired to adapt the persona of those misunderstood and mostly shunned in today’s times; those who experiment with the art of drag. I feel that this poem encompasses values reflected in both the ‘self-direction’ and ‘humanity’ categories - I wanted to demonstrate the way artistic freedoms are by some people frowned upon but, similarly counteract this with how as we progress as a society there is more open mindedness to people truly expressing themselves and being supported in their choices. Drag is an art form and something I admire greatly; the courage that it takes for these creative souls to truly express themselves to the world is awe-inspiring.  Reflecting on the ‘Pride Festival’ I attended, the kindness shown at the celebration has made me truly believe that we are on the path to social inclusiveness - and this poem hopefully captures the respect I have for those individuals and their creative passions.

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