Living your activism
Professor, What If…? posted an interesting article recently about the eradication of a culture of violence.
One place to begin the process of eradicating violence is within our own desires.
If as heterosexual women [we] desire violent, aggressive men, we are perpetuating violence.
While I am sure she is not implying that desiring a man who is aggressive excuses any violence on his part, I do think it’s important to ask how in our own desires, we are reinforcing cultural norms. The women over here at Happy Bodies are working to create a Wo(man)ifesto of how to live body positive. The value of living body positive is not just personal happiness (although I’m a big fan of that) it is also a political statement – a rejection of a culture of body shaming and sexual violence.
What are the ways you have internalized cultural norms that glorify violence, create shame about our bodies and promote unequal valuations of bodies based on sex, race, sexuality and gender expression? How can we live our lives as a rejection of these norms?
(I’m still working on it.)