SNIPPY OF PAPERCUTTON
an allegory of class privilege
How might we make the story of class struggle relatable to those with power and privilege?
Skills and Tools:
Products of Design,
The myth of bootstrapping one's way to prosperity is pervasive and oftentimes, for those with wealth and high statues, becomes a barrier to understanding the struggles of those living under systems of oppression. Storytelling is an effective way of conveying ideas that are contradictory to an audience's deeply held beliefs and core values.
The story follows Snippy, a young pair of scissors, on a journey as she overcomes the disadvantages of being packaged in an unpackaged world. Along the way, the audience meets her indifferent boss, a well-intentioned stranger suffering from Unpackaged Savior Syndrome, and Snippy's best friend and ally, Slicette. SPOILER ALERT: Snippy leverages Slicette's unpackaged privilege by using the light bouncing off Slicette's blades to loosen the packaging around Snippy. By giving Snippy the power of determining her own future with the help of her friend, the narrative allows space for Snippy to acquire autonomy, while Slicette's embodiment of the privileged class has given the reader a supportive ally to relate to.
This story is intended to help adults with privilege relate to what it's like to not have privilege. Furthermore, the reader will come away with a understanding of how to use their own privilege as a tool to be used by those less fortunate, by working in solidarity, as an ally, to dismantle the institutionalized systems of oppression in our society.
The graphic aesthetic is designed to lend an air of seriousness and credibility to the narrative. It's homage to old storybooks is meant to disarm and open the reader's mind to the themes and moral within.