Anonymous asked: I'm in college, and the prospect of not being able to find a decent paying job and pay bills/health insurance terrifies me. Is financial stability overrated?
A very zersonal decision I couldn’t hope to make for you.
Today, I spent my train ride thinking about blowing $100k in three weeks. I devised a plan and took detailed mental notes.
I have no doubt I would do it if the opportunity arose. And, I’d just as soon shake off any asshole comments from people who would tell me I should have invested it.
But, I don’t want kids. And, I have enough siblings that should my parents need dedicated care, I don’t necessarily have to be the one to provide it.
So, I get to live how I want. Mostly. Though the 100k in disposable income has not quite arrived.
If you’re the sort of individual who gets off on security, you’ve gotta do what you gotta do to get off. But don’t do it because you think you have to. Being a broke old zerson sucks, no doubt. But come at life with confidence rather than trepidation.
I think the broader statement at the end rings true - gendered socialisation is obviously a thing - but in terms of the specifics of the art argument this passage begins with, I think it’s a bit off. Any artist, regardless of gender, is told from an early age that their art stinks, usually from people who know what they’re doing, because it takes work to get good at it (it was certainly the case for me). As a result, if the artist has any real ambition and an ability to take criticism on board, their subsequent art will almost always be introduced with a justification of sorts - “I wrote this but it’s pretty stupid because…” Then as they get better at what they do and they start to hone their craft, that is when they’ll be able to say that they have a way of expressing their world view that is worth experiencing, with less and less justification being required. It’s a natural progression that pretty much every artist worth their salt will go through regardless of their gender.
Obviously I lack the context of the full article so I don’t know if that’s what they were going for, but I just thought that initial claim was somewhat dubious. There is a separate discussion to be had on the barriers of entry into art that females experience and males don’t, but to say that only females experience anxiety regarding their art and that that anxiety is somehow a product of gendered socialisation is a flimsy argument.