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: this darling watercolor by Joojoo.
If you are like me, then you have a female body. If you have a female body, you know what a challenge it can be. I know you have heard the messages to “love the body you have” or “love who you are now” before. Obviously these are important messages, but they are applicable in more ways than one. Really loving your body isn’t just about accepting its outward appearance. Loving your body is about accepting that, even though it tries its hardest, sometimes it gives out. Loving your body is about finding the good. What does your body respond well to? Sleep, healthy food, appropriate amounts and kinds of exercise? Be loving toward your body and give it that. Is your body in need of some TLC like a good soak in the tub or beautiful, lazy Sunday afternoon naps? Be loving toward your body and give it that. Your body might not always be easy to love (it might feel broken, it might hurt, it might be imbalanced) but there will always be something you can do to make it easier to love.
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.