Marilyn Minter Tweets Call to Action ‘Our Cunt-ry Needs You!’
Artists are speaking out against a US Supreme Court decision that would deny millions of women access to abortion.
Marilyn Minter, My Cunt-ry 'Tis of Thee (2018) (still). Video. Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery.
Marilyn Minter shared stills from her video My Cunt-ry 'Tis of Thee (2018) today in a tweet she hash-tagged #protectabortionaccess.
The images show the sentence 'Our Cunt-ry Needs You!' and the phrase 'No Cunt-ry for Old Men' with a cross through it, both written in condensation on glass.
Minter posted the images in response to a leaked United States Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, which established a constitutional right to abortion in 1973, almost 50 years ago.
'I remember when abortion was illegal, and I knew people who got illegal unsafe abortions,' she said. 'I got my birth control at Planned Parenthood, and I got my abortion there. It was horrifying to me that we were having to have this argument again. I thought it was solved. I thought to myself, "I'm in my sixties, and we're having to do this again?!" '
Prior to the conversation, Minter had organised an auction with artists Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Richard Prince, Richard Serra, and Brice Marden that raised almost US $4 million for Planned Parenthood. She also teamed up with Miley Cyrus and Marc Jacobs on a T-shirt that brought in another $100,000.
Minter's support for women's right to choose has often been met with invective online.
'They call me an ugly old hag, and [say] that I should drink bleach,' she said. 'They say I'm killing babies and selling their parts ... It really is hysterical!'
Among the other artworks being circulated online in response to the Supreme Court's decision is Barbara Kruger's Untitled (Your Body Is a Battle Ground) (1989). —[O]