Today we feature senior, Kellan Kryak, from Port St. Lucie, Florida studying Theatre Arts with a minor in Gender Studies. Read more about Kellan below:
How do you define feminism?
Feminism amplifies voices that, for centuries, have not been heard. Feminism works toward equity and uses an intersectional lens in order to understand the layers of oppression a person can experience.
How do you try to incorporate feminism into your daily life?
As a gender non-conforming person, my existence, expression and identity are non-normative. Therefore, living my truth is a fight. Right now, this country does not validate my gender identity or validate the rights of trans people, so I crush society’s gender norms and use its ashes to make art. Through my art, I constantly consider a world in which gender didn’t exist.
Who inspires you?
My mother. My incredibly radiant friends. My partner.
What advice do you have for anyone looking to get more involved in the feminist movement?
Feminism is more than just buying a “the future is femme” shirt and posting it on Instagram. Open yourself up. Support queer artists of color. Listen. Read stories about people unlike yourself written from an individual of that group. Check your privilege. Know your identity.
How has your view of feminism evolved/changed at your time at the University of Michigan?
Practicing feminist thought takes time. Educating myself deeper into feminist theory made a huge impact on my relationship to myself, the world around me, and the art that I create.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years and how will you continue to incorporate feminism into your daily life and work?
In 10 years, I want to be pursuing in arts activism, working for a theatre, advocating for human rights, tending to a home garden, practicing mindfulness, and adopting a big pupper. I want to make art accessible to everyone, regardless of geography, class, age, or race. I feel that’s my calling in this world.