In days of old, women used to dress each other. Your sisters would style your hair, adjust your sashes, add jewelry and tell you how radiant you are. Then about 2000 years ago along came the mirror -- considered one of the seven deadly gifts, precisely because it allowed a womyn to stand in isolation in judgement of herself. With the last 200 years of media culture and manufactured clothing, many womxn's view of their amazing brilliance and beauty and worth has become distorted.
While the restrictive corset may have gone out of fashion, many of us still live with an internalized one, obsessing about the perceived flaws of the body, and spending boatloads of energy, time, money and attention trying to change them. This obsession, whether minor or major, robs us of our birth rite: to fully live in this amazing body, to enjoy pleasure of all kinds, to move and eat with delight, and to put our creative energies into our interests, passing fancies and passions.
Imagine if just SOME of the collective attention, time and money we as womyn put into diets, exercise programs, spanx, the newest cleanse, plastic surgery, anti-wrinkle cream, "bikini bodies" and self-help books was freed up? Imagine what we would do!?!
This series is NOT about changing anything! My goodness... that's part of the whole problem to begin with. And it's not about asking you to love the things you hate, that's just another change. We won't ask you to stop dieting, or binging, or dying your hair, or getting plastic surgery. It's simply a space to get together and share our common experience of being in a woman's body in this crazy media culture.
Each week, we'll share what we love, hate, worked hard to change, struggle with, wish were different, feel thrilled about, and places were we have reclaimed our self-acceptance and power.
You can never tell anything about a person’s insides but looking at their outsides. People have told me I can’t talk about body image because of the way I look….
Yet I spent 17 years battling an eating disorder and body dysmorphia. After thirteen years in recovery, I have gained some hard-won wisdom and have a few tricks to share. I don’t consider myself an expert or even a teacher, but rather a curator of content and facilitator. Because EVERY woman has wisdom inside of her, and EVERY woman has things she has struggled with, things she has learned to accept, and tools for getting there. We come together in this program to share, to teach each other, to step out from isolation, and to recognize the connection and power we have. Loving your body as it is, is a radical act. And we can do it together!
I started talking about and leading workshops on body image in 2015 and now teach locally, online, and hopefully at a studio near you!