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The Body Stores What You Tell It

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The Body Stores What You Tell It

Like many women, I have had a love/hate relationship with my body for years. I've written before about having an eating disorder, as well as partaking in disordered eating (the two are somewhat different, in my opinion), and lately I've been noticing some disordered eating habits from my past return, as well as the general violence I inflict upon myself through my negative self-talk. It's all very troubling to me, because I (and others) see myself as this super strong feminist woman. And that's the thing... my feminism is about not giving a shit; not caring what others think; not bowing down to societal mainstream culture that tells me I must be a size 2 to be worthy of love. Thus, I feel like a feminist fraud when I have these feelings of self-doubt and low self-esteem.  I had the sanskrit word for non-violence, "Ahimsa", tattooed on my forearm to remind me to be kind to others as well as myself. It hurts knowing that I'm generally unkind to myself. I catch myself thinking things like, "If only I could chop off this part of my thighs, or slice off part of my belly, or make my nose smaller..." There is so much violence in these thoughts. The use of words like, "chop" or "slice" when thinking about my own body is abhorrent. It needs to stop. I need to stop.

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Feminist Music Fridays: Lio

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Feminist Music Fridays: Lio

Not sure how "feminist" this is, but if I had to, I could totally argue that it is. Just check out that jumpsuit, and the background image of a banana split--those two things are inherently feminist. Lio took her name from the comic book, "Barbarella." The character, a brown-haired teenage girl, is saved by Barbarella. Lio then goes on to save the town that is governed by her father. "Barbarella" was a very sex-positive comic book, and the main character "embodied the modern woman in the era of sexual liberation."

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