Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
. . . . . . . . . . . .
For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
So how should I presume?
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Do I dare to eat a peach?
–The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot
To eat a peach is a messy endeavor. After you bite through the tight, fuzzy skin, there’s no going back. As your teeth pierce the reddish outside, the juices spill down your chin. The smell is familiar, and you tear the pulp away from the fruit with relish. The more you tear and devour, the more the scent envelops you; the juices make their way down your neck; pieces of fruit stuck to your teeth and lips are licked away. What remains is a seed–and chaos. When you bite into a peach, neither you nor the peach are the same as you were before. You’ve disturbed and changed the universe.
These three women were selected because of the way they disturb the universe. They are intrepid, unafraid, and willing to make things messy.
“I am a board member for the Lilith Fund, a Texas abortion fund. We provide funding for people who cannot afford the procedure. We also have a bigger mission: we are fighting against policies and cultural norms that decrease abortion access. We disturb the universe because we’re demanding so much more.”
“I am one of the founders of UT Farm Stand and I have been leading the outreach and social media. Sustainability is geared around trying to have as little negative impact on the people, animals, and environment as possible. That ‘disturbs the universe’. It’s sad but becoming sustainable humans is going to require a lot of rewiring of our minds and perspectives. I say embrace it. We can all represent sustainability because, I believe, it’s in us. The more I try to reduce my negative impact, the more I feel human. That’s power.”
“Right now most of my sweat and mental energy goes into photography. When I’m doing this work, I go by the name Jinni J. When I’m not in the zone on a shoot, I’m working with my best buds on Raw Paw (a screen print + design factory + media label). My favorite part is that the work I do necessitates that I interact with people & often these experiences are intimate, one-on-one’s with people–I do hope to remind people that there is beauty and value to our lives, and that we are all connected. I just try and spread smiles and hopefully that will disturb someone’s universe, reminding them they are loved.”
Photographer: Alexa Ray
Models: Asha Dane’el, Daniela Pachon, Jen Rachid
HMUA: Christine Rafie
Photoshoot Coordinator: Melina Perez
Stylist: Erin Kuykendall
Assistants: Clarence Yuan, Catalina Casar
Special appearance by Gregorio Casar as The Hand