Thank you so much! Many women are certainly raised to be careful people-pleasers who go out of their way not to step on any toes (myself included). I definitely agree that we could all use empowerment, and I am thankful to have discovered this empowerment rather early on in my life. Each day I’m working on becoming stronger, braver and more sure of myself. I thank you for your support :)
By the way, I think it’s beautiful that you’re inclined to openly share admiration and validation toward other women. So often we try to only feel empowered within ourselves, whilst still neglecting or even shaming our fellow women. It’s great that you recognize that self-empowerment includes empowering those around you :)
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Hell yes! I love it! Empowered, strong, level-headed women are kick ass and so inspiring. We all need to focus on healing and empowering ourselves, and then bring everyone else up there with us.
Rock on, beautiful lady!
Holistic wellness refers to spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical health that takes into consideration the whole picture (versus western medicine which ignores causes and prescribes a pill). It is a lifestyle which looks at healing the body naturally: I avoid OTC drugs and medications, processed/unhealthy foods and negative energy. I focus on spirituality, meditation, yoga, and balance.
Feminism is the belief in social, political, economic, sexual, educational equality and empowerment amongst the sexes.
Wow, this is so moving!
Thank you for sharing this on my page. I am SO proud of you. You are a survivor, and I am so proud of you for not letting this ruin your life. You are a strong, passionate, intelligent woman. Be proud!! Continue to share your story and support others who may not have reached the level of acceptance and clarity that you have.
Rock on <3
Nope, I have not.
Yes, you’re correct - I very much do support human rights.
I ENTIRELY disagree with your assertions. There is homosexuality in every single living species on this planet. Are they just “jumping on the bandwagon” too? Organized religion is very clearly unnatural and a form of brainwashing. I’m not going to go onto strangers’ pages and make them wrong for buying it though.
I’m sorry, but I think it’s completely ignorant to assert that our society as a whole is portraying homosexuality as being hot. I have so many gay friends, and each one of them have been so marginalized, suppressed and discriminated against. They all had to hide their sexuality while they were growing up since, especially the ones who grew up in the the midwest/middle of the country, were told by everyone their entire lives that homosexuality is “unnatural”, “disgusting”, ”sinful” etc. In nearly every case, people in the LGBT community tend to wait until they are out of highschool, out of the house, and more autonomous before they have the courage to come out.
People don’t “become gay”. It is NOT a trend. It is not an active choice. Largely due to the activism of the LGBT community and allies, our society (California, at least) is just finally becoming more accepting of homosexuality which is why you may be seeing more outed gays these days than you would have in the 50s. Obviously the majority (of adults, at least) still have a lot of hate and fucked up opinions toward them, as evidenced in [our supposedly more liberal] state by the outcome of Proposition 8. We have a long way to go.
You keep your sexuality, I’ll keep mine, and let everyone else keep theirs. Who someone is attracted to is unequivocally NONE of anyone else’s business.
Thank you, sweetie! I appreciate that.
Obviously SlutWalk isn’t going to instantly stop rapists from raping, but one of the primary goals was to empower women to embrace the terms that have been used to shame and marginalize them. In our society, women get called degrading names all the time. I was harassed and called a slut in school from the time I was twelve (before I had ever even kissed anyone). Men and women are still going to be calling women sluts (regardless of whether we’ve slept with one person, with thousands, or even if they know NOTHING about our sexual history one way or the other). SlutWalk encourages women to embracing the terms “slut” and “whore”, and say “Okay fine - You call me a slut. Whatever, I’m a slut. That means NOTHING to me”. Sort of how the LGBT community took the power out of the word “queer” by embracing it for themselves.
(There is a fabulous excerpt from Jezebel about this. Let me know if you’d like me to send it to you)
The other main goal of SlutWalk was to raise awareness and let women, and society as a whole know that it is NEVER the victims fault, and we are NEVER “asking for” rape. In our rape culture, it is disgustingly common for women to be blamed for bringing it on themselves. “Well she shouldn’t have been drinking so much”. Additionally, many women manage to convince themselves that “… well maybe it wasn’t really rape.. I mean, I did eventually stop fighting it” (which is fucking BULLSHIT. NO means NO, and a lack of a no is not a yes. Period. SlutWalk is intending to change the public perception of rape, but what I realized (and I haven’t heard this anywhere else - it’s just my opinion on the subject), is that one of the most important things that SlutWalk aims to do is to eliminate the shame and responsibility victims so often feel, and help empower them to recognize rape for what it really is and to report/fight back/call out their attacker. Currently over 60% of cases of rape and sexual harassment to unreported. Personally (before I became empowered or educated about feminism) I stayed quiet and ashamed about my situation, because I was told that it was my fault. They weren’t reported and so the guys were able to convince themselves (and others) that, because I didn’t report them, it must not have actually been assault. Educating women about the subject and eliminating the shame currently put on them by our rape culture would help get these people behind bars, stop making people think it was acceptable to rape and harass, and help crack down on all the millions of active rapists that are walking free right now because the women were shamed into silence.
Well good morning to you too, sunshine!
What, pray tell, inspired you to leave such early-morning hatred and negativity on a stranger’s page?
I hope you manage to turn your day around! Invalidation and hatred are never pleasant mindsets to wake up into and continue to emanate.
Thank you! I’m glad to see another woman who doesn’t buy the bullshit idea that victims are responsible for actively preventing and bringing on own rape.
Depending on where you life, there could verywell be a SlutWalk coming up in your area that you too can take part in!
It is very empowering to be around such strong, confident, brave women and men!
Understandably!!! I thought his was super powerful, especially considering his represented the masculine support of both male and female honor and rights surrounding rape. It combats the myth of male weakness and shows that, despite popular belief, men ARE strong enough to control themselves.
Yes! That photo of me was from SlutWalk LA. It was very empowering and inspiring. My mentor/Women’s studies professor, Hugo Schwyzer, was a key player in making the LA SlutWalk happen. I think you’d enjoy his work!
I would definitely recommend participating in a SlutWalk if you get the opportunity!
Oh, I’m so glad that you have been reading and appreciating my thoughts and viewpoints :)
Shine on <3
I appreciate that, and I appreciate you.
Stay strong and fight on!
Thank you so much!! :D