Rattled by the thought that people may have forgotten she exists, Bushwick performance artist Mammy Kotex seeks to cement her legacy as a visionary, televising the entirely premeditated late-term abortion of her three-month-old fetus. The date is set for sometime in October.
Kotex gained fame in 2011 with her first stunt, “My Baby’s Birth,” a self-explanatory live broadcast that gave her postpartum depression and an idea for a second piece, “Withdrawal,” whereby she lived in a gallery for a month and withdrew from her prescriptions cold turkey. The trauma of having her first two performances scrutinized, lampooned and masturbated over has only fueled Kotex, who’s calling (read: branding) her latest masterpiece “The Death of The Baby Who Never Was.”
“It was between this planned abortion, and killing my original baby,” said Kotex. “Only one of those carries a mandatory life sentence, so the choice was clear. Unless, of course, I wanted to do prison as performance art, which I’m still considering,” she chortled, wincing from a powerful kick by the doomed fetus. While it may seem like a silly or even harmful stunt, Kotex regards her act as humanitarian, a grand and final destigmatization of abortion, or “pregnancy cancellation” as she calls it. “Look, I applaud Bill and Melinda’s contest to construct a better condom, but condoms suck. And if we want a viable means of population control, well, we’ve had that technology for a while. Why reinvent the wheel? I mean, it’s not like I’m using a wire hanger or anything.”
Kotex specifically mentioned something about how she hopes the natives of Bushwick will pay close attention to her performance. “I see these women strutting around town, nine months pregnant and pushing two strollers—but where’s the father? Probably somewhere catcalling. It saddens me. Sure, the kids are cute but let’s cut the crap. I’m gonna make abortions cool.”
Written by jaytoles