A generic figure in scrubs would not have the same instant recognition and the outfit was chosen to mimic the superhero costumes, hence the cape and symbol on the chest of the doll.” I’m a non-female, non-religious Nurse; but I really don’t see this as a ‘depressingly stereotypical’ image. It’s just a simple, but nice, gesture. I think all nurses in the NHS (actually across the world) could do with a kind gesture right now. he could have made it a generic figure in scrubs, he chose to make the figure deliberately female. Nurses are not the only health care workers, but still, he went with an obvious female image. Yes its an old fashioned image of a nurse, but she is depicted as a superhero. He is turning our stereotypes on their head, an image of an undervalued female profession as superheroes…see it as positive. Typical nurse. It’s a team effort. You’re not more important than the doctors, or the janitors, or the admin staff, or the finance staff, or anyone else in the hospital.
Without pathology, people die. Without money, people die. Without medical supplies, people die.is it possible that the nurse was purposely depicted in a stereotypical way? Perhaps Banksy is paying homage to the role of nurses in past wars and how little they were are and are still regarded? This crisis has elevated them in the eyes of the community. Perhaps this artwork is asking us to check our biases.
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