Feminist Mantra Monday 50: Finish
From the introduction to the Fifty Feminist Mantras book:
On Halloween of 2016, I started a project that I named Feminist Mantra Monday. The idea was to create a weekly mantra series that would help people of all genders embrace feminisms and themselves as feminists. So each Monday for a year (with a few exceptions, of course), I posted a mantra and a brief essay explaining its meaning and feminist potential on my blog.
In many ways, the project was a public journaling process. The mantras were fueled by my activities and reflections from the week prior, often in response to things happening in the world at large. In other ways, however, the project took its own shape and form as readers (like you!) invested their lives and meanings in the mantras and shared comments and conversations on my posts.
The mantras were always a self-exploratory prompt, but a community also blossomed around them. They became a collective rallying cry against the election of a sexist, white supremacist president; a reminder of the importance of activism and self-care in these times; and a signpost of the necessity of developing our deeply personal but always political feminist practice.
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Today is the final mantra in this series. Finishing a project like this is bittersweet. Writing these mantras has been a true joy. I've learned so much about myself and others through the work. But I also want to turn my energy and writing efforts to a few other projects I've had on the backburner for a while now, and I've got a huge project coming up in 2018 that will require all my efforts.
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