Sunday 3 July 2022

my body my choice: There are many ways to protect

Article: Jasmine 
Photos: Linda Cheung @everybodyastory
Models: Jasmine , @siuding_ii 

There are many ways to protect. 

And a woman always remembers the times when men have taken a stand to protect protect the feminine. Sometimes its in a way of direct protection by a man’s presence, physicality, influence and voice. 

Sometimes it looks like men doing their own shadow work, unraveling the painfully engrained patriarchal conditions boys are often raised through. Protecting us from the parts of themselves that want to control, to keep women meek, small and a pretty version of the feminine that makes them feel comfortable. 

Sometimes protection is how they step aside, place their hand on our back so we can speak what we need and be witnessed in safety. When they are consciously encouraging, trusting & recognising our power, sovereignty & magic. Sometimes it looks like when women commune to share vulnerable stories, and the men stand outside in a circle hand to hand, protecting those gatherings because of the simple & powerful acknowledgement that when women come together in community, in safety, the spells that we cast can, and do change the world. 

We need you now, men. In all those ways of protection.