Self Help is a punch back at the Wellness and Self-Improvement industries profiting off insecurities and the constant barrage of advice we all get on how to live our lives. A commentary about the current self-help culture that puts the blame of systemic issues caused by inequality and deprivation on individuals by telling them to ‘trying harder.’
The song is a Peaches meets Devo sounding fun bouncy number, a chance to forget about daily pressures and just have a dance.
I wanted to have a go at animation. I wasn’t expecting it to be easy, but I am not in a hurry to do it again.
I wrote this poem after a night of chats with a friend sharing our experiences. Which led to a discussion about how when we were younger sexual pressure and objectification was often dismissed as simply immature behaviour, that what we thought were blurry lines between assault and bad behaviour are actually quite clear, and how even though almost every women we knew had been assaulted, we didn’t know of anyone who had reported an assault. But it’s not all serious because when right, sex is fun and sometimes even funny.