A note on ~ redefining // respelling <3

Redefining these words, this list, & continuing this project has a lot to do with growth, change, & spells.

When I originally did this project in 2019 I didn’t really call myself disabled & didn’t know too much about disability outside of my own experience which lacked words & was often unbelievable for whatever reason when I could & did share. So part of redefining is to acknowledge that some of the wording I used & is ableist & deserves to be changed.

Another part that I’ve been re-thinking is using the ~a~ instead of ~x~ or ~e~. For one, when I originally did this project I was still not known as non-binary. I was a ~a~ & this project is also about how I’m perceived as a feminine person & how that’s not really questioned, but that perception means many things & had major implications & were at the root of much of my heartache ultimately. It was the ~a~, feminine, the way the world is in relationship to that part of me.

This project is largely about how people perceived as feminine people are labeled, abused, ostracized, & how we survive, live, & thrive.

So, this is why right now the words have ~a~ & why I switch between ~a~ ~x~ & ~e~ sometimes. Because they all imply & relate to different things. I don’t know how I feel about this honestly. Sometimes I think maybe it’d be best to switch all to ~x~ & ~e~.

Another thing I’m thinking through is using pronouns. I am intentionally using they/them & beings. Although, some don’t use pronouns at all & so I’m thinking of only using beings, or cosmic beings.

Very open to opinions on this currently ~ & in general I’d love to hear about how the words feel if the spellings relate to you.

So on ~spells & spelling~ I feel & practice redefining as a way to literally re-word, re-spell the definition & the spelling as a magical spell as well. To reclaim the power. To accept & embrace & love more fully. To acknowledge & honor our experiences as we move through the world wishing, working, & spelling for the loving caring world we desire truly.

Malas Palabras <3

2022 definitions ~

loca: a cosmic being who is unapologetically aware of & in relationship with feminine energies.

mala: a cosmic being whose actions are radical ~ meaning rooted in justice despite how they may be outcasted & projected on by other beings.

diabla: cosmic beings that machismo culture labels evil & dangerous for not only accepting the loca in them but loving, lusting, & devoting time & energy into their loca.

Malas Palabras 2019 ~

Loca according to Locatora Radio is: A loca is anybody who does not conform to what is expected of her.

Mala: a bad girl la chica mala es una chica who is not scared to be defiant and stand up for what is right.

Diabla: the devil women, a high femme mujer who men deem evil for not conforming to modesty or their comfortability.

Puta: a literal bitch, a woman who is not afraid of the power of her tongue or the sting of her voice.

Macha: a mujer who freely shows her strength and courage despite the discomfort of machismo culture.

Bruja: a mujer who knows her spiritual technology and uses it for the decolonization of healing.

A project inspired through anthropology & arts as a praxis. Malas Palabras consists primarily of six words that are typically used to degrade women and femenine people. By re-defining these words we are able to re-claim their power, and therefore, the way the words impact our communities. As the saying goes, spelling is a spell. When I created these works I wasn't aware of how magical spelling could be. Now I can see how spelling these words in empowering ways allows us to transmute the power into pleasure, rather than pain. I hope these defintions empower you, your magic, and your experiences as a person who thrives despite machistas y machismos.

Two installations are pictured below. The first eight pictures are from the Weston installation. Weston is Antioch College's student union. The rest of the pictures are from the old potting shed installation. The potting shed sits behind the arts & science building at Antioch College. Both installations used the same audio, same six words, and overall sentiment. The weston installation was damaged before I was able to properly document this works. Due to grief, heartbreak, finals, and graduation stress amoung other things I wasn't able to get higher quality documentation of my installations. If you we're able to see them in person, maybe you agree that either way the in person experience of the installations is not done justice by these pictures.

Below is the text version of the audio part of the installations.

Malas Palabras Palabras Malas bitch /biCH/ Learn to pronounce noun 1. a female dog, wolf, fox, or otter. 2. INFORMAL a difficult or unpleasant situation or thing. "the stove is a bitch to fix" synonyms: nightmare; More verbINFORMAL 1. express displeasure; grumble. "they bitch about everything" synonyms: be spiteful about, criticize, find fault with, run down, cast aspersions on, speak ill of, slander, malign; More pu·ta /ˈpo͞otä/ Learn to pronounce nounINFORMAL•DEROGATORY noun: puta; plural noun: putas (in Spanish-speaking regions) a prostitute. a woman who has many casual sexual encounters or relationships. slut /slət/ noun 1. DEROGATORY a woman who has many casual sexual partners. synonyms: promiscuous woman; More witch bruja sorceress hechicera, bruja hag bruja, vieja bitch perra, puta, zorra, hembra, bruja, loba crone bruja harridan bruja, anciana, vieja beldam bruja, hechicera hex maleficio, mal de ojo, aojo, bruja night-hag bruja Diabla devil diablo, demonio, aprendiz, aprendiz de imprenta, fuerza negra the devil diablo, el diablo, el maldito evil mal, maldad, diablo, perversidad demon demonio, diablo, fuerza negra deuce dos, diablo, demonio, fuerza negra, dos naipes daemon demonio, diablo macha ---------------AfrikaansAlbanianAmharicArabicArmenianAzerbaijaniBanglaBasqueBelarusianBosnianBulgarianBurmeseCatalanCebuanoChinese (Simplified)Chinese (Traditional)CorsicanCroatianCzechDanishDutchEnglishEsperantoEstonianFilipinoFinnishFrenchGalicianGeorgianGermanGreekGujaratiHaitian CreoleHausaHawaiianHebrewHindiHmongHungarianIcelandicIgboIndonesianIrishItalianJapaneseJavaneseKannadaKazakhKhmerKoreanKurdishKyrgyzLaoLatinLatvianLithuanianLuxembourgishMacedonianMalagasyMalayMalayalamMalteseMaoriMarathiMongolianNepaliNorwegianNyanjaPashtoPersianPolishPortuguesePunjabiRomanianRussianSamoanScottish GaelicSerbianShonaSindhiSinhalaSlovakSlovenianSomaliSouthern SothoSpanishSundaneseSwahiliSwedishTajikTamilTeluguThaiTurkishUkrainianUrduUzbekVietnameseWelshWestern FrisianXhosaYiddishYorubaZuluEnglish adjective male masculino, macho, de hombres, viril butch marimacho, machona, macho bully formidable, macho cunt /kənt/ noun VULGAR SLANG a woman's genitals. whore /hôr/ Learn to pronounce nounDEROGATORY 1. a prostitute. synonyms: prostitute, promiscuous woman, sex worker, call girl; More verb 1. (of a woman) work as a prostitute. "she was forced to whore in order to support herself" synonyms: work as a prostitute, prostitute oneself, sell one's body, sell oneself, walk the streets, be on the streets, solicit, work in the sex industry; More