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START OF MRDOMBAZA- BOOK 2: Chapter 7
"Girls Like You"
Summer is finally here. It is time to explore familiar surroundings and learn to see things from a different perspective. It has been an experience to finally learn about these different areas of San Francisco and all the great people I have gotten to meet over the last few months since I surrendered. With every single word, I open up more and more. I’m speaking out more and more about things that are important. Things that need to be spoken aloud. I was honored to receive a message from someone who works for museum hacks. Cody approached me to attend a museum tour called “Badass Bitches”. By reading that title it may seem like something weird, but it’s a tour about women. Not just any women, badass bitches who are powerful and empowering. I am outspoken about a lot. I am proud to be a feminist, I am proud to support woman’s rights, I am proud to speak up about gender equality. These are things that we need to support, especially now, in this society that we live in. My sister Courtney is a badass bitch! So I obviously asked her to come along with me for the journey. I didn’t know what to expect, but what we learned and saw made us appreciate the term bitch even more.
Bitch is not a foul word unless you choose to use it as a foul word. It can honestly be an empowering word, if used correctly. Especially now in a world with woman who are at the forefront standing up against these predators from the #metoo movement and beyond. These women are shedding their fears and showcasing their true badass bitch nature. Courtney and I met up with our tour guide Kayla. From the moment we met her and our tour partners, we knew it was going to be a fun time. Now I’m not going to break down every detail of this tour. I want people to go out and take this tour for themselves. I want people to go and learn firsthand what a true badass bitch is. However, I will talk about our experience and what an amazing time we had with Kayla and museum hacks, at such a renowned museum apart of San Fran’s rich history. I have always admired the DeYoung Museum. I am in the area shooting a lot of the time, but I have never actually been inside this beautiful museum made of copper. Kayla thought us about the history and all the women who make this museum better. Some of the women you may not even know their name. For museum hacks to have tour guides like Kayla, it makes the learning experience more fun. Kayla asked us to name a badass bitch who inspires us. A badass bitch, that is not our mom. So I chose Jenny Quattrucci. As you guys already know after telling part of Jenny's story within this narrative, I had to choose her. It only felt right because what Jenny has done over the past few weeks for her students, that is something a TRUE badass would do. She stepped up to the plate, went against the dark side and got her funding for her students, so that they can build their own rebellion, with a fierce badass bitch of a leader. After leading us on a scavenger hunt within the African section of the museum, Kayla ended up dropping some sick lines about Kate Warren. I'm not going to sit here and drop every line she said, isn't that copyright?... Please don't sue me Kayla, lol. I want people to go on this tour and experience this genius poetic live and in action. As you can see our trip with Museum Hacks was not boring, it was interactive and Kayla kept us active by feeding us knowledge about these incredible women, in such fun ways. We went into a room of paintings and had to reenact uncomfortable poses women had to do when getting their old school selfies back in the day. Because let's be real these self portraits were the original selfies. At the hour mark we took a break and went our separate ways for a little bit. Courtney and I went on a little stroll of the rooms we saw prior with Kayla. We discussed how these women we were learning about really are the beating heart of what it means to be a women with power. Majority of the time women do the real work in this world. I am a man, i'm not American, I don't get treated with the same respect the average white male does, but I get treated with more respect than the average woman, and let me tell you that is fucked up. I think the men in this world forget we come from a male and female. Our mother's are the first woman we truly get to know. Everyone is raised differently, but it is sad to see a male dominated world try to push women to the back of the stage instead of the spotlight they deserve to stand in. It sad that men think they can overpower women because they have a part of their body they can trap within the woman. Men are stupid that way. Women are strong, in fact women are stronger than men. I hate this me too movement because it hurts to see these women come forward and tell the stories of the nightmare they have been burying inside of them for so long. I also admire the me too movement, because women are speaking up and finally standing in the light, pushing these monsters that haunted them away and speaking their truth. Our world is dominated by men who try to overpower women and shut them up because their foul minded little minds think that they make better decisions than women. I think they forget, 100% of the time our mother's are always right. It is sad that certain men in this world forget the sacrifices their mother's made for them growing up. Sure it takes 2 to be a parent, but a mother carries you in her womb, goes through pain to bring you out into this world, only for you to grow up and loose yourself to this sad reality that we live in. I hope that one day my nephews can grow up and the reality of woman being the higher power is real. We see seeds of it being planted now. It us up to us men and woman to stand together to make sure these seeds are watered so that they grow into something beautiful for the children of tomorrow. I hope that a woman like Kayla will exist years from now, and inspire young girls by telling the stories of the women that came before them, I hope that these stories will inspire the young boys to treat every woman like the queens they truly are.
I hope that the notion of having to use names like JK Rowling or EL James will never again be a thing to sell more books. I hope that men will stop trying to take credit for a woman's hard work, because that is still very much an ongoing issue. I hope that more woman push against the odds like Jenny Quattrucci and take back what is right. I hope that one day a woman can step into the highest power and show that she can do a better job than the bag of Cheetos ruling over us now. I hope that museum hacks continues to have woke tours like this, and woke tour guides like Kayla so we can learn and come out of the experience with an even greater respect for women and museums that hold beautiful pieces of their stories.
I give museum hacks props for having tours that are an experience worth every penny. By the end of the day Courtney and I just couldn't stop raving about how fun this journey was. It was like going on a school field trip, but more fun. I would totally go on another adventure with Museum Hacks. Especially if it is a tour that is as woke as the one we just went on. The De Young Museum, I am so happy we got to experience the wonders this beautiful location holds. I can't describe what it is like to step into a place that houses so many unique pieces made by beautiful men and women of all colors from around the world. I may only see out of one eye, but I do know when something is beautiful and this whole experience was.
Photographer: Courtney Johnson & Dom Baza
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