Walking the Night

Walking the Night

Danielle Macleod

When I’m walking back home at night, the fear of being assaulted lurks in the dark of my mind the entire way. I cannot make this fear disappear, but I can choose to feel powerful and take courage in my autonomy as a woman—a human. My work was informed by the facial tattoos of the Chin tribe in Burma. The Chin women of old decorated—or marred—their faces with ugly patterns to make them undesirable victims for kidnappers. The current generation of Chin women has put an end to this practice. Hopefully one day, art about this subject will be a thing of the past too; a day when women no longer need to be scared to walk the night.

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