After reading Kathy Evertz journal on the Statue of Liberty, I found this image interesting. Somehow, even the restoration of liberty became feminized with headlines like “Miss Liberty gets a Freshening Up.” Just like women have unrealistic ideals to live up to, so does “Miss Liberty.” We have placed enormous pressure on a statue, a simple representation of freedom, to provide us with the American Dream. In times when the dream feels out of reach, we blame or resent the statue, but at times when America is prosperous, we look to her as our number one symbol that makes us stand out from the rest of the world.During the Statue of Liberty Centennial, we were pressured to make her just like new and improve her meaning. She was too old, too tarnished, and by restoring a statue, somehow we were restoring faith in our country.
I was also captured by this piece of graffiti art, which I think speaks for our generation. The fact that the statue’s mouth is blurred out clearly represents the notion that we feel silenced. Is it possible to make a change? Do our voices really matter? Or is our freedom and our ability to succeed in this country all in the hands of the “one percent”? However, I also think this depiction showcases something else about our generation. We are less politically engaged than ever, vote less than ever and rarely are able to successfully organize ourselves in order to make a statement or change. But somehow, we feel like we are being silenced. The real problem may be that we’re not being loud enough.