Feminist Mantra Monday 27: Embrace Vulnerability
Last Friday, I published a post on body image and my struggle with self-confidence. It was hard to put out in the world, but I received the most beautiful responses. I had conversations with women I'd never spoken to and opened new dialogues with others I'd spoken to often but never about struggle or pain. It was a beautiful lesson of the joy you can gain from opening yourself up and being vulnerable.
So this week, when I went to write Monday's mantra, I knew that I wanted to do something about the joys of vulnerability. As I often do, I looked up the word in the thesaurus to see if any other permutations caught my eye. But when I typed in "vulnerability" this morning, I was startled to find a series of awful words the dictionary equated vulnerability with:
Having felt so empowered by sharing my struggles, I was surprised to see the words "exposed," "weak" and "sucker" staring back at me.
But this is precisely the point of the feminist mantras. As women, we have to rewrite the dictionaries that tell use that feminine qualities are weak and make us defenseless. We have to make the world see that those qualities are our greatest strengths. And doing that starts with experiencing them as strengths ourselves.
So this week, I challenge you all to say something, share something, or do something that makes you feel vulnerable. Take a risk with a community you trust and see where it leads you. Let me know how you feel after. I hope it's stronger.