I’m back, baby! After a long journey (in planes, trains, and automobiles, no less) from Bielefeld –> Dusseldorf –> Cancún –> Isla Mujeres –> San Cristóbal de las Casas, I’m finally en casa yet again in Chiapas sweet Chiapas. I dreamt many times of this return over the course of my six months in Germany, [...]
We wanted to own the future, so we started with the soil, taking people as prisoners, making them slaves to “progress.” Knowing the earth held the answers, we raped her. We stole from her. We brutalized the planet, demanding she give us the way forward, and when she wouldn’t give us the answers we wanted, we tried to enslave her, too. Centuries later, we live in plastic cities built on the ashes of our forgotten ancestors’ altars to the earth.RKA on Clothesline Productions
Paolo Freire writes, “In order for [the struggle for humanization] to have meaning, the oppressed must not, in seeking to regain their humanity (which is a way to create it), become in turn oppressors of the oppressors, but rather restorers of the humanity of both.”RKA on Feminspire
I need you to know it’s okay to cry. Let it go, girl. Sob all over the world’s blueprints for you—they’re worthless, anyway. You don’t need other peoples’ plans. Let pain be your architect. The design for where I stand today is written in our deepest despair, forged on what you see as failure and I know now as fortitude. Don’t punish ourself for feeling, for fearing, for fretting: it is in these days of darkness that we will learn how to light our own fire. This skill will serve us for the rest of our days together and soon, you will see, we will teach others to do the same.Awesomepreneur
Popular discussion on women’s roles in the world and the workplace has long examined the question of whether equality might effectively imperil a man’s masculinity. We call it emasculation: the idea that one can be less of a man when he performs—or fails to perform—certain activities. I’d call it patriarchy wrapped in a bright blue “It’s a boy!” bow. As a feminist, what some call the “emasculation of the modern man,” I call a social shift in which we all must necessarily adapt to living in a culture where men and women are not categorically defined as either muscles or mothers. Yet, until I was staring down a plate of my boyfriend’s steaming empaneled, I never fully understood how much patriarchal punch I’d sampled myself.RKA on Feminspire
I'm Rachael Kay Albers (but you can call me Raquel) and I'm an artist + activist + awesomepreneur. Originally from Chicago, three and a half years ago I ditched law school to follow my (he)art and today I run a web design boutique to fund my (he)artwork as a freelance writer and arts facilitator in southern Mexico. For my 365 Tips For Working With Heart, check out my biz blog, Awesomepreneur!
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