Most recently published stories in Viva.
Her Strength is Built in Baths.
“When surrounded by the cares of the world, she bathes; she washes the worries and works away.” The art of bathing has been around for a very long time. We could follow it back to nomadic tribes who would submerge themselves in natural hot springs to bring healing and peace to their bodies. Somehow, it beckoned them to soak in its elements and even call truce in a survival of the fittest culture where only the strong survived. Sometimes, only these places offered peace, unity and healing amongst enemies and war. The art of bathing has always been a place where even the most barbaric can harness peace and let the worries of this world vanish for a moment, so I choose to glean from history and partake in this art as much as I can.
Foucault and Feminism
As much of his work centered on issues of power, an issue that is central to the study of gender, the theories of philosopher Michel Foucault have been hotly debated within feminist literature. However, the relationship between Foucault and feminism has at times been a troubled one, and during the late twentieth century, it was a topic that was much-debated among feminists and scholars.
It is a transformative spiritual experience when you truly connect your soul to your body. Those who have the freedom of mobility maneuver through life unappreciative of the gift of movement. Dance is the release of all the tension the body holds. It is the telling of all the stories of ones’ ancestors and ones’ descendants. It is futuristic folklore. Love. Safety. Understanding. Warmth and Comfort. It is cooling and centering, while somehow erupting the parts of yourself that had been dormant during your moments of stillness.
The Medicine of Dance
“Shake that a**” probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when one contemplates inner peace. Yet, this practice has become an essential component of my daily to-do list.
A Women-Led Movement That Banned Spitting In New York
If you lived in the early 20th century America, the leading cause of death in the country was not a heart attack, right? It wasn’t cardiac cardiovascular stuff. It wasn’t cancer. Instead, it was tuberculosis. Public health experts of the time were aware that spitting could function as a vector of contagion.
The Memory of My Cancer Diagnosis Will Stay With Me Forever
I’d put off seeing my GP for weeks. Though I knew the lump was there, a large swelling on the inner side of my left breast, and had noticed it was growing at an alarming rate, I kept telling myself it was probably just an odd, but entirely benign cyst. At 38 years old, I was convinced I was too young to get breast cancer and, besides, apart from one great Aunt who died of the disease back in the late 1970s, there was no family history. No, I was just being paranoid, I decided. There was no way I wanted to risk showing up at my local GP surgery and being dismissed by the doctor as a silly, time-wasting hypochondriac.
I Used To Be Nice
Looking through pictures of the person I once was, I wonder where she went . I am not a nice person. I know this. I should change it and the only person who can is me, but I don't want to.
Women’s Role in a Male Dominated World
Being a woman in a male dominated world is not easy. Getting a job requires women to put in strenuous effort, whereas men can easily get a job. The workforce is never easy for a woman. Women have a hard time gaining access to jobs and communities that are traditionally male. When women do finally obtain these positions, they are typically perceived in a negative way. This statement is quite sad, but very true, and there are many different reasons as to why this is a woman’s reality.
How to Apply Eyeshadow
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Wrap It Wear It
I wear black. My color or lack of color by choice. Black t-shirt, black jeans, black leggings - black good to go. It’s not because of grieving or loss. It’s because it’s simple. People remark that I wear black. Why do you wear black? Do you always wear black? Anything in your closet besides black? What’s with the black?
This is What Men Really Think about Strong, Independent Women
After writing an article about the dark side of being an independent woman, I got a lot of responses from men who shared their perspectives. From that article, I have been able to learn more about what men think about strong, independent women.
Weddings, Babies and Wine — What Screenwriters Think Women Are All About
I hate starting a new movie, only to discover that its main female character is another one-dimensional, cardboard cutout shaped like a woman.