Carrie Mae Weems, self-portrait, Kitchen Table Series, 1990
Käthe Kollwitz, Self Portrait Drawing, 1933
Judy Baca, self portrait, 2009
Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait with Monkeys, 1943
[Self-portraits by Carrie Mae Weems, Käthe Kollwitz, Judy Baca, and Frida Kahlo, text “Never apologize for selfies”]
In retrospect some of my largest problems in academia have been when I choose to write about myself. White male writing professors discourage navel-gazing especially for abused women of color, and memoir is considered whiny and self-centered. But who else is going to tell my story?
Am I to wait for a white man to write about me? Or remain unspoken of?