The divine masculine in dance

Video from Mcharlesart on Instagram

I absolutely love this video. Pure joy from a man comfortable in his zone. Free flowing. Energetic. Powerful. Uplifting. And his kiddo doing art in the background just adds to the organic flow. The caption reads:

To the haters, he only offers kindness. He is THAT comfortable in his skin and masculinity. 🙌

Happy Friday the 13th! A harbinger of good, an association with the divine feminine

In the current culture, Friday the 13th is largely considered an unlucky day. Funny thing is: I’ve always noticed I’ve had GREAT days on Friday the 13th. So much so, I look forward to them.

Deep in the recesses of my brain, I had this notion that it’s somehow associated with paganism and the divine feminine. So I decided to look it up today. Sure enough I pulled up an article from CNN:

Excerpt from CNN article “Why is Friday the 13th unlucky? The cultural origins of an enduring superstition” by Christobel Hastings, 2023
Excerpt from CNN article “Why is Friday the 13th unlucky? The cultural origins of an enduring superstition” by Christobel Hastings, 2023

But, as with most pagan things, it was condemned and deemed “unholy” when Christianity took hold, because it stood at odds with the new patriarchal order. If the rulers now consider god to be a single man, not many gods and goddesses, then the way to control that is to say anything the opposite is bad and wrong. So anything around the number 13 and feminine power was suddenly bad.

I like Friday the 13th. I Embrace its pagan divine feminine origins. I already feel it in my bones. It’s a day to celebrate. Celebrate the yin. Bask in your bleeding womanhood. Extend out loving kindness to your fellow women, men and all people. And hold yourself as holy.

Image From Sahara Rose’s Instagram

Ode to the pelvis

It curves, it supports it blossoms out from the core of the frame. The heart of the center. The butterfly of the body.

Art by Julia Jan 1st 2023

The female pelvis serves many purposes. The male, mostly one. The female pelvis undulates and circulates, it dances and runs and pushes life optimally through it.

Not only do these female bones support and propel the body to motion they also support and propel life into being. All beings.

If you were to ask the authors of medicine though, it would say:

These female bones support the human frame for bipedal locomotion just like male bones, AND they succeed in purpose and responsibility to push humans to life. We are not constrained by it. We merely have more ability.

Photo credit: Wombenwellness

We can do just as much as male bodies, under the pressure of a body built for multiple purposes. It’s like running a race and still winning when you have hurtles to jump while your racing someone with a clear path.

We’re so used to female bodies being presented as less capable when in reality we are more capable ie have multiple capabilities. We’re all different, not better or worse than another. The female pelvis is optimized for bipedal locomotion AND for propelling life to being. Be proud of your pelvis.

I’m often amazed that doctors and chiropractors have images of the human form and skeleton, but rarely, if ever, is it a female body or skeleton on the wall. As if male is the default. Which couldn’t be farther from the truth anyway. (All humans start as female in the womb. Why do you think men have nipples?)

Regardless, it’s important to take into consideration the beautiful and vital differences in anatomy in medicine and everyday life, even, and especially, down to the pelvis.

Montana elects first trans-non-binary representative and first trans woman representative to the House 👏

This is ground breaking! SJ Howell will now represent District 95 and Zooey Zephr will represent District 100 in Montana! I met SJ Howell a handful of times when I lived in Montana. SJ Howell has done amazing work: They’ve worked on a successful campaign expanding Medicaid and worked on increasing civic engagement for low income women. They always were badass and so kind. It means a lot to have someone like that elected to represent the people.

And Zooey Zephr: I can’t wait to see what she does!

SJ Howell, left. Zooey Zephr, right

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This is perhaps the most important thing in the abortion debate

The misinformation that has spread about what a pregnancy looks like at the beginning weeks, is astounding. (The misinformation has been intentional by forced birthers.) it’s important to know what it really like. See below for what a pregnancy actually looks like before ten weeks. And, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: It’s a beautiful thing if you want to grow those cells into a life but it’s also perfectly fine to avoid the growth of those cells too.

Excerpt from the Guardian’s Instagram post from 10/21/22
Excerpt from The Guardian’s caption to their Instagram post 10/21/22

To read the Guardians full article, go to https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/18/pregnancy-weeks-abortion-tissue

To learn more about the MYA Network, check out their site. https://myanetwork.org

Punk Show Raises Over $2,000 for National Network for Abortion Funds

This. Show. Was. Amazing. Female fronted music matters. Taking up space, speaking our truth, and creating a community of women and men, and all people, gathered together supporting a cause as basic and important as bodily autonomy, is profound and needed.

Flyer for the show

The show opened up with Spongecake, an all male-ally, high energy band. The singer lashed around the stage and into the crowd. After his first song or two he said a few meaningful words about how he was so glad to be a part of this important show raising money for the Abortion Network. He mentioned how f***ed up it is that this basic right has been corroded. Allies are so important.

The next band was an indie rock band called Waiting Room. Stunning harmonies between women vocalists and haunting, moving vibe. The guitarist utilized some rad pedals and the bassist was spot on.

The next band was a rockin’ twangy grunge-vibe band from Utah called Mowth. They. Were. Dope.

And last but not least was the Denver feminist band, Cheap Perfume with hits like “It’s OK to Punch Nazis” and “Burn it Down” and “Slut Game Strong” a song about being you, wearing what you want, and screw the patriarchy.

The show raised $2,000 dollars for the National Network for Abortion Funds https://abortionfunds.org

You can feel the vibe from these photos. We demand our basic rights. Enough is enough. Having music and community around that is powerful.

Lead vocalist of Cheap Perfume.
Photo by Victor Rollins
Guitarist and vocalist for Cheap Perfume.
Photo by Victor Rollins
Lead vocalist of Cheap Perfume.
Photo by Victor Rollins
Lead vocalist and bassist for Mowth.
Photo by Victor Rollins
Lead vocalist for Cheap Perfume and lead vocalist from Sponge Cake.
Photo by Victor Rollins
Vocalist/guitarist and lead guitarist with her rad pedals from Waiting Room. (This photo was not from the Abort the Court show, but I would be remiss if I didn’t include a photo of this band.) Photo by: Unclear

Why I use the phrase Climate Crisis, not Climate Change

It’s a crisis, not just a change of the weather. Language matters. People are more inclined to take something serious when it is described as a crisis.

And Climate Crisis is a more accurate depiction of what we face. Just think of the recent catastrophes taking place due to human impact, particularly fossil fuels, on the planet. And these catastrophes will only increase… particularly if we do nothing.

Climate scientists and many news outlets are changing their phrasing to climate crisis for this reason.

The Guardian changed their phrasing several years ago. Here’s why they made the switch:

“We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue,” said the editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner. “The phrase ‘climate change’, for example, sounds rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity.”

Quote source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/17/why-the-guardian-is-changing-the-language-it-uses-about-the-environment