You Colored the World

And pissed off the boys

Dennett
Dennett
Aug 1, 2020 · 1 min read
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You stroked the world with color explosions
that broke a boy-barrier,
winning a Young Men’s Award
in spite of not being invited to the club,
spitting paint in the face of misogyny,
spilling pigments in celebration of art
that is not gender-bent,
not sold in boys clubs,
not testosterone-tainted,
art that stretches wildly across a river
reaching for shores women couldn’t walk.

We celebrate you, Pacita, Google and me
and many more, for being you in a world
that never saw anyone like you,
a world that struggled to own you, as if it could,
bringing art to the people
and people to the art,
beautifying what wasn’t,
leaving a legacy of color.

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the day that Pacita Abad, a female artist and activist from the Philippines, won a coveted artist award previously only given to men, the Ten Outstanding Young Men art award (The TOYM) of the Philippines.

You can read more about Pacita Abad here. As a lover of vivid colors, Abad’s vibrant art thrills me like none other.

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I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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Disrupt — discover new voices and new aspects of known voices. Pour in your raw emotions of feeling like an outsider to flourish in hope to work towards a more diverse/inclusive world.

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