Our Bodies, Our Minds: The Women's March Special

Our Bodies, Our Minds: The Women's March Special

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January 20, 2017 a historical day for America. You might’ve ecstatically set your alarm to watch the 45th Presidential Inauguration from start to finish. On the other hand like many people did (people that I know), you might’ve chosen to skip this one out, in hopes that Ashton Kutcher’s PUNK’D squad was going to show up any second saying “Hey America, you just got Punk’d!” Regardless of your views on this matter and whether you like it or not, we do have a new President.

Not going to lie, I wish I was in Washington D.C right now though… no, not because I wanted to go celebrate this inauguration, but because I would be getting ready to attend the Women’s march in Washington D.C. This march on January 21, 2017 might actually turn out to be one of the biggest protests in history!

When I mean this is going to be big, it’s not an exaggeration. The list of speakers and performers has been released and it’s everything you’d expect. The event organizers and officials are expecting 200,000 people to D.C to attend this historical march. This march was the idea of a retired Hawaii attorney, the genius of it all is Teresa Shook. She created this even after watching the results from the election on Nov.8.

With the women’s march happening, you can expect all sorts of women from around the country to unite. With so many women attending I know for a fact, we will see some of the most beautiful, lively and artistic women of our nation. I’m all for feminism and women power, add a little art to that and you have some of the loudest pieces of art out there.

In preparation to the Women’s march, I’ve seen online, social media, and many websites some dope work of art that has been created for the women’s march. Art can speak louder than words and it can also be the best form of revolution and rebellion.

Checkout all the kickass artwork that has been made in honor of the Women's March! It's so inspiring to me and so it should be to all women out there. We need to embrace each other instead of tearing each other apart.

Protest Fashion

EEmbrace

So humbled & honored to announce that my design was chosen to be printed by @amplifierfoundation for the @womensmarch Thank you @activistnyc for the beautiful original photo I was able to use as a reference! Thank you to the incredible women in my life who being your friend, is how I arrived with the message. Thank you @arizona1980 for your support with text formatting. If you're coming to DC there will be thousands of prints handed out. If you're not & want to print a copy, you can download here: http://theamplifierfoundation.org/experiments/wome... Check out the other designs, they're absolutely beautiful! In the face of fear, racism & xenophobia, we must show up and be louder with love, with self examination, with expressions of beauty & resistance. Now, let's get to the street & not let up til every damn womeyn is thriving! #love #womansmarchonwashington #womansmarch #wmwart #nojusticenopeace #whiteprivilege #whitefragility #letstalkaboutrace #artheals #artmatters #everythingispolitical #streetarteverywhere #acreativedc #takingittothestreets #pussypower #womanhood
A photo posted by kate deciccio (@k8deciccio) on
Pussy Grabs Back

🐱My poster for the march 🐱#pussygrabsback #womensmarchonwashington #womensmarchbrisbane #womensmarch
A photo posted by 🤘🏽⚱️🐊 (@monikacorrea) on
Perfection

#Repost @huffingtonpost #WOMENAREPERFECT IS COMING TO DC 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 ・・・ The poster art at the women’s march on Washington is going to be 🙌🏻👌🏽🙌🏾👍🏿. Want to see a preview of the official signage designed by women across the country? Take a peek 👀 at our story! (🎨: @jessicasabogal)
A photo posted by Jessica Sabogal (@jessicasabogal) on
Rosa Parks

Seldom do well behaved women make history " I refuse to give up my seat" - my cardboard poster turned into a tribute to my hero Rosa Parks ❤️️🙏🏼❤️️👉🏼 #Birmingham #freedomriders #rosaparks #wmwart #womensmarchonwashington #womensmarch #wherewomencreate #equality #civilrights
A photo posted by kari moe zwick (@karimoezwickart) on
Our Power

This week I've been working on this painted denim project, as it's been something I've wanted to do for a long time. Tomorrow I'll be going to the Women's March in Philadelphia in solidarity with my sisters and allies. @womensmarch As a woman of color, I'll let my voice be heard and let our oppressors know that we're here and we are NOT leaving. Fabric paint & acrylic on denim that I thrifted last weekend. Wearable political statements for under $20! ✌🏽 #WhyIMarch #WomensMarch #Philadelphia #WomensMarchPhiladelphia #MyBodyMyChoice #myart #denimjacket #painteddenim
A photo posted by Kelly (@shibamum) on
Our Choice

Honoured to work on a series of images with @refinery29 for @womensmarch in Washington, DC this Saturday. March for what you believe in. 👊⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #womensmarch #whywemarch #genderequality #womensrights #humanrights #women #mybodymychoice #prochoice #illustration #marinaesmeraldo #illustratorsofinstagram
A photo posted by Marina Esmeraldo (@marinaesmeraldo) on
Personal Favorite

Dusting this one off for the @womensmarch on Saturday. ... #womensmarch #wmwart #january21 #washingtondc #beyonce #formation #pussiesinformation #handsoffmycuntry #resist #resisttrump #dumptrump #jonesthesavage @womensmarchla @womensmarchnyc @womensmarchny
A photo posted by INDYANA JONES (@jones_the_savage) on

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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Saying You "Don't Take Political Stances" IS A Political Stance

All you're doing by saying this is revealing your privilege to not care politically, and here's why that's a problem.

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I'm sure all of us know at least one person who refuses to engage in political discussions - sure, you can make the argument that there is a time and a place to bring up the political happenings of our world today, but you can't possibly ignore it all the time. You bring up the last ridiculous tweet our president sent or you try to discuss your feelings on the new reproductive regulation bills that are rising throughout the states, and they find any excuse to dip out as quickly as possible. They say I don't talk about politics, or I'm apolitical. Well everyone, I'm here to tell you why that's complete bullsh*t.

Many people don't have the luxury and privilege of ignoring the political climate and sitting complacent while terrible things happen in our country. So many issues remain a constant battle for so many, be it the systematic racism that persists in nearly every aspect of our society, the fact that Flint still doesn't have clean water, the thousands of children that have been killed due to gun violence, those drowning in debt from unreasonable medical bills, kids fighting for their rights as citizens while their families are deported and separated from them... you get the point. So many people have to fight every single day because they don't have any other choice. If you have the ability to say that you just don't want to have anything to do with politics, it's because you aren't affected by any failing systems. You have a privilege and it is important to recognize it.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

We recognize that bad people exist in this world, and we recognize that they bring forth the systems that fail so many people every single day, but what is even more important to recognize are the silent majority - the people who, by engaging in neutrality, enable and purvey the side of the oppressors by doing nothing for their brothers and sisters on the front lines.

Maybe we think being neutral and not causing conflict is supposed to be about peacekeeping and in some way benefits the political discussion if we don't try to argue. But if we don't call out those who purvey failing systems, even if it's our best friend who says something homophobic, even if it's our representatives who support bills like the abortion ban in Alabama, even if it's our president who denies the fact that climate change is killing our planet faster than we can hope to reverse it, do we not, in essence, by all accounts of technicality side with those pushing the issues forward? If we let our best friend get away with saying something homophobic, will he ever start to change his ways, or will he ever be forced to realize that what he's said isn't something that we can just brush aside? If we let our representatives get away with ratifying abortion bans, how far will the laws go until women have no safe and reasonable control over their own bodily decisions? If we let our president continue to deny climate change, will we not lose our ability to live on this planet by choosing to do nothing?

We cannot pander to people who think that being neutral in times of injustice is a reasonable stance to take. We cannot have sympathy for people who decide they don't want to care about the political climate we're in today. Your attempts at avoiding conflict only make the conflict worse - your silence in this aspect is deafening. You've given ammunition for the oppressors who take your silence and apathy and continue to carry forth their oppression. If you want to be a good person, you need to suck it up and take a stand, or else nothing is going to change. We need to raise the voices of those who struggle to be heard by giving them the support they need to succeed against the opposition.

With all this in mind, just remember for the next time someone tells you that they're apolitical: you know exactly which side they're on.

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