The illustrator and art activist Alice Skinner likes to remind us why the world sucks for women. But instead of completely depressing us with her message, she prefers to tackle dark subjects in gentle hues of pink and pastels. Although she isn’t a woman of color herself, she often features them, and they’re carefree, well-fed and strong compared to the chicks we see in fashion magazines.
On her Instagram page, Skinner recently reminded us that the pink tax was created just to rob women of their money. What other reason would a razor with the same structure and plastic to metal ratio cost more for a woman than a man? Well, because it’s pink in color. To convey this message Skinner depicts a woman of color surrounded by drug store basics like shampoos, razors and maxi pads, accompanied with a texts written in her 24-year-old London girl first person voice:
“Seeing as yesterday was Equal Pay day it seems the perfect time to shout about The Pink Tax aka the cost of being a Womxn. Womxn are charged 13% more for personal care products and 8% on clothes and accessories. The patriarchy doesn’t want us to be hairy yet is gonna charge us 13% more for razors. Companies get away with this shite because they think they can and they have, it’s about time we got a fucking tax rebate.” Sometimes she gets so ticked off at the patriarch, she just skips an illustration altogether and gets right to the message. “I can normally tell how intelligent a man is by how stupid he thinks I am.”
She also depicts images of supportive and therapeutic female friendships, a far cry from the media’s depiction of us as catty and competitive of one another. In essence she has built a good-doing platform on Instagram with her art based on what affects the women around her, like the abuse women get online.
“A couple of years ago, if something was upsetting me, I would get really angry about it, as the only thing I could do was talk to my friends about it,” she told Culture Whisper. “Now, I can start making work about it; I am giving life to something and am making people aware of it.”