Bacon [2016]

Some conversation to be had about jokes here. This video was made for an exhibition called “Grab ’em by the pussy”. That infamous phrase was uttered as a joke, and defended as one, but contextualised with much more gravity, and deservedly so. Yet despite its activation as outed misogyny, I still thought of jokes, and the way they can brutally turn one thing into another; a woman to a vagina, a vagina to a cut of meat, a woman to a pig; synecdoche, simile, metaphor, pun. Why is feminism not funny? Perhaps because it is an attempt to humanise, not to dehumanise.