March means many things to me. It’s when I really start hunting for signs of Spring, decide which Easter egg I’m getting* and on the 8th day of the month celebrate International Woman’s Day.
Here’s where I admit to being a bad feminist and say I didn’t pay a great deal of attention to IWD for many years. Obviously I laughed at how hard Richard K Herring had to work at advising twittards there was an International Mans Day (November 19th) when they got all bejiggedy about how unfair it is but that's it.
However this year with the rise of Trump and the metric fuck-ton of intolerance that followed I wanted to dedicate a post to the day. Because there are incredible women everywhere, I mean take Ashima Shiraishi**, the first women to climb a mountain with the cutting edge grade of V15. From what I can gather V15 means its particularly difficult and can take several days. She’s also the youngest ever to achieve a climb this tricky, did I not mention that she’s only 15?
This year IWD has a campaign #BeBoldForChange highlighting five ways we can all work on equality. Each area has several additional aims we can pledge to do, being an awkward sort I’ve decided to pick and choose from each of the five and give them all a go.
To be honest I've no idea how I'll do but something am definitely up for is going to see Embrace at the Light Cinema on 8th March. This documentary follows Taryn Brumfitt exploring the global issue of body loathing.
I feel lucky to say that I honestly haven’t hated my body since I was a teenager, however with 91% of women feeling differently this is an insanely huge issue. It seems learning to love your body is quite the struggle especially as we get older and it’s no coincidence that I’m thinking more about this issue as I hit a particularly big birthday in January.
I'm of the opinion if we spent half as much time learning to accept ourselves AND our bodies as we do trying to look younger or achieve perfection we’d be a great deal happier*** and a damn sight richer!
There are still spaces left for this event so if you want to come along we’d love to have you.
Can you relate to these issues?
What are you doing for International Women’s Day?
*may have sampled a few of those already, purely for research purposes you understand
**slight change of subject alert
***not exactly a ground breaking thought but I’m pretty sure that’s not what you come here for!
Gifts from Gify
Embrace Trailer from YouTube