Patti Smith – “I’m Not a Female; I’m an Artist”

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“I never felt oppressed because of my gender. When I’m writing a poem or drawing, I’m not a female; I’m an artist.” Patti Smith, singer-songwriter, musician, author and poet

Patti Smith photo credit: 1975 Portrait of Patti Smith by Robert Mapplethorpe

“…I’m not a female; I’m an artist.” Only when we start thinking outside the gender paradigm we have internalized, can we begin to contemplate how we lie at the intersection of multiple identities and many possibilities.