“I Am a Feminist”

Hi friends!

A quick post is in order, because I came across this amazing anonymous thought piece from one of my fellow ladies at the Law School entitled “I Am a Feminist”. This is the stuff the gives me life – this is pure spiritual nourishment for me!

“I like this new side of me. The side of me that relishes my curves in Alex Marie suits, that owns my height in Nine West heels, that holds her head high in makeup, hair, and jewelry – ready for the next interview, the next internship, the next opportunity. I like being feminine and professional at the same time. For years I ignored this core part of my identity in order to succeed on the basketball court, to succeed in the sciences. Without even realizing it, I tried to blend in with my male peers, to imitate their behaviors, to gain their respect and high esteem.”

My emotions in a nutshell.

My emotions in a nutshell.

I cannot describe how proud I am of my colleague who took the time to share her personal feminist “coming out” story. In law school especially, as she notes, being a woman is scary and, frankly, quite difficult. I commend her courage and her dedication to letting her voice be heard. I hope that neither she nor any of my woman/feminine peers ever stop demanding time and space from this very male-dominated institution!

Promise to post again soon! I have very exciting news 🙂

Peace, sweat and love,

G.

Awesome article alert: “Sisters of the ‘Yogic’ Yam: bell hooks and the Yoga in Self-Recovery” by Sariane Leigh

I didn’t see this article back when it came out about 2 years ago, but it is definitely still relevant. You all know I love yoga, self-care and self-recovery, and making those things accessible. Well, I am not the one to speak on some of these experiences, but Sariane Leigh, a.k.a. Anacostia Yogi, does so and does so beautifully. I found her article Sisters of the “Yogic” Yam: bell hooks and the Yoga in Self-Recovery (a guest post on The Feminist Wire) while searching for a different article regarding renowned feminist scholar bell hooks, and just had to share. Leigh embodies a fitness and wellness philosophy that I strive for every day – one that is not about punishment or strict competition, but one that is focused on healing, self-love, and nourishment (physical and emotional/spiritual).

As if her beautiful work and impressive bio aren’t enough, Ms. Leigh has also compiled a list of curvy yogis to follow on Instagram! It’s like she knew I needed more curvy fitness on my feed 🙂

Peace, sweat and love,

G