As an organization, we are committed to social awareness and activism. The texts below outline the principles we strive to follow and promote with our creative endeavors.
Artemis is all about inclusion, and that includes using language that invites the perspectives of as many people as possible. In our inaugural year, we had many discussion about how we could best describe ourselves succinctly to our larger community. We've called ourselves a "a feminist creative community" and "a feminist/womanist community," but we've finally settled on the tagline: "an intersectional creative community," and we're proud of our name.
As the lovely Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche defines it, feminism is the belief "in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes." Despite that simple and straightforward intention, the feminist movement does not have a very inclusive history. The early feminist movement was almost exlusively a push for the rights of white women, excluding the experiences of women of color, LGBT+ women, and more.
Responding to the hypocrisy of this movement, Alice Walker coined the term, "womanism." In her words, "Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender." Meaning, the Womanist Movement aims to be more inclusive of Black Women and other women historically excluded from the (white) feminist movement.
And still, the combination of these two words addressed diversity in terms of race, but we wanted to go bigger. Artemis wants to address representation issues of gender, race, sexual orientation, gender expression, nationality, religion, and so much more. The term "intersectional," coined by the lovely Kimberlé Crenshaw best fit our vision as an organization.