The Art and The Feminism is a sub-series of Feminist Fridays where I share art with you that has somehow inspired or evoked my feminism. I show the artistic inspiration with you, write from my experience viewing or engaging with it, and then ask for your thoughts. This month we have a motivational piece by Korri.
Romance yourself this month. Do what makes you feel romantic, just for the romance of it. Take yourself to dinner and a movie. Buy yourself chocolates or put on your favorite dress and stay in with the television. Let yourself get a little vain and don’t be afraid to feel good about yourself in front of the mirror. Don’t stop at the surface either. Grab a journal and start listing the things about your character that you love. (Put aside the negativity and perfectionism for now, and just focus on what’s good.) Think about all the ways you are a good friend, a good sibling, a good person. Love yourself for the great things you do at work or during your free time. No one knows you quite like you know yourself.
The beautiful thing about feminism is that it does not always directly relate to a social justice issue or theory. Feminism is a way of living with your mind and heart open to what’s true, healthy, and loving. It is just as much about seeing a message like this in a piece of art as it is seeing a need for justice in a societal problem.