Kendalle Aubra is a multi-media artist who splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City. She has been a political activist since she was thirteen years old. Her art and her politics directly affect each other, and are both firmly planted in a philosophical foundation of semiotics, hermeneutics, humanitarianism, a passion for conserving Earth’s biospheres, and a code of ethics she wrote herself as a teenager and still abides by. Like many (if not most) womxn, Kendalle is a survivor of abuse at the hands of some very sick men. Over 20 men have hit her in her life. In 2015, she was brutally, sexually assaulted by an ogre in Brooklyn who almost killed her. She pressed charges, and thus was condemned to seven months of emotional polarity and re-victimization by the DA, including their staunch refusal to photograph the finger-shaped bruises left on the back of her neck ten days after the attack. The Chief of the Brooklyn DA’s Domestic Violence Bureau, Michelle Kaminsky, changed Kendalle’s answers to her questions, cited an ironic tweet that literally ended in “#pleasesensemyirony”, and used the argument that Kendalle was “asking for it” by leaving the house on a wounded leg that day to not only cancel the trial, but wipe her attacker’s record clean. Kendalle was one of two women pressing charges for felony assault against the same man at that time. She has since lost all and any faith in the United States “legal system.”
This profound personal horror led to the conception of the Angry Feminist Pin Up Calendar, a vow to throw a spotlight on the fact that rape and abuse are not punishable offences as the law is currently written, and that many people are at risk of these traumatic incidents every single day. The Angry Feminist Pin Up Calendar thus serves as an integral aspect of her healing process, a passion project devoted to improving the quality of life for women, children, and other survivors of abuse and violence—if not just through raising money for charities and advocacy groups dedicated to the same cause, then through solidarity and attunement, which are crucial elements in the healing of posttraumatic stress. Let us not bear the burden of the toxic shame others imparted onto us in their despicable acts of violence and misogyny. Let us not internalize the criminal injustice system’s debasing allegations that we deserve it simply by existing. We may not currently have the power to throw our abusers in jail, but we do have our voices. Let’s take back our own narratives, and fight for the right to a peaceful and non-traumatic existence for women, children, and minorities across the US, and, eventually, the world!