The following Posts are authored by varoius people (including myself) with the common thread being that they all had something powerful, supportive, inspiring and healing to say.
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Women as we are, is Enough! Anything Other Is Just a Lie to Control & Limit
It was a nervous experience riding on the train and meditating while the rumbly transport took me closer and closer to my ultimate-vulnerability in full glorious cacophony and exposed display: a full nude group female photo-shoot for the grassroots non-profit www.WomenEnough.net. The group seeks to get real and positive body images of women into mass-media.
I had been looking at the human experience of mass-mythos around Eve. I was seeing how this lie of denigration of our bodies, malice towards women making initiating choices and “deserved punishment of fall from grace” weakens not only women’s natural power of wisdom, inspiration, receptivity and beauty but also weakens and undermines men’s power to partnership in relationships, and receiving the nurturance, advice and companionship from women. An outcome of this mythos is women are kept competing against each other (this is really really really nasty stuff – not remotely anything like male competition) and inferior to men: we are made to be INHERENTLY NOT ENOUGH. This harms us all.
So some men think “women don’t inherently know what’s best for themselves”, so they may think that they are entitled to and should directly control both women and everything else. There is much more I could say about the impacts of this deep mythos that 2/3 of the human population subscribes to at some level (Jew, Christian, Muslim). I, as I am prone, did some healing work on this. I let this belief shift to its evolved next step. It became the Woman (Eve) who with feminine confidence hands the found apple of Wisdom (i.e. Free-will and Adultness which no longer needs Father in the Sky and Mother in the Ground to be Complete) to the Man (Adam). And Adam was welcomingly receiving the Sophia/ Shekhinah/Divine Feminine Wisdom-Presence AND know he is still desired, needed and a powerful provider-protector. In the image I saw all of this and especially Eve’s hand joyfully holding and presenting the apple. This is NO SIN: this is Ownership of our innate forms feminine and masculine of power.
I completely stripped for full hair and make-up (to be honest we did wear shoes from Sponsor UPHeals). I sat chatting with my beautiful makeup artist Tanya Hibbard and noticed the tattoo on her arm and asked about it. She said it was her own original design: it included a nude of herself with many arms one of which holds “The Apple”. There was the same image I saw on the train. I shared this with Tanya and we both had an amazing moment of Perfection. I felt like I could be me and that was enough and that freed me to be enough with everyone else, which made it so easy to revel in the experience of all the other lovely ladies at the shoot. Truth be told: I was the thickest chick there. But I was perfect and felt great. The founder Michelle Fetsch of Women Enough had me go first to “break the ice” and it was a joy to play in front of the camera – and if you are warm, then really clothes are so over-rated. We all got together for various group shots. It was grand. I found out later from several gals my playful, confident and energetic jump into full nudity first had loosened them up (who btw were ALL younger and thinner) to be more confident about themselves and let the last bits of clothing come off.
I also got to sit there watching each lady in her individual shots; I was drinking in their bodies and beauty – I was comparing and observing and appreciating and noticing and enjoying like fine art: I was in fact just being. I was not competing, hiding, invalidating/shaming/judging (myself or others) or ANY of the old crap the old mythos would have us do to ourselves. It was supremely sublime.
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FTC & Govt Taking Public Comment - Share your voice on new limits of what advertisers can sell to children to eat
Federal Trade Commission
Title: Notice Announcing Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children and Request for Comments
Subject Category: Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts; Project No.
Published: To Be Added Comments Due: July 14, 2011
Mine are below:
To the Governing Group/Review Group:
The advertisers/corporations that seek to impose their short-term financial and commercial gains upon the group of our population that has the least power, discernment and self-capability to protect themselves creates the obvious need for the government, FTC and other regulatory organizations to step up an endorse what is morally, ethically and honorably helpful, protective and healthy for the children of this nation.
As someone who has worked professionally in the largest global advertising agencies in the US and abroad, worked at Corp 50 level organizations, as a mother and as having been a child who grew up to the voice/images of the TV being my other parent I dearly urge law-makers to do what is honorable and protect our children by setting clear legal limits on what kinds of products can
be exposed to children.
Children get on avgerage approximately 40 hours of media exposure a week while on average only 40 minutes of quality communication time a day with a parent or gardian. Clearly with American adults working longer/harder to make the US worker the most productive in the world, one of costs is quality time with our children. So the information of advertisers, which comes in powerful as well as subtle forms from a multitude of directions clearly out-weighs whatever the average America parent can compete with.
Advertisers and Corporations have brillant people AND they are very well compensated to use that intellect, education, skill and experience to make their companies viable to the market. By providing clear and firm limits it merely provides another creative challenge for them to solve. This is not the end of any company's business, it is simply the natural process of a company being able
to step up to respond to market conditions and consumer's needs and desires. When government lets the corporation force their products or services in ways that are out of alignment with true supply-demand economics then ultimately it becomes a propping up of companies that are not choosing to operate and change with regard to being healthy, seeking natural growth, flexiblity and responsiveness in their business practices. I speak from years of Corp 50 level experience and an MBA. You ultimately make these companies weaker by forcing the market and consumers to meet thier needs than the other way around.
It will ultimately serve the longer-term financial health of market-place relevance of companies, the physical/mental/emotional health of children and the socio-economic health of the US to take care of and do right by our children in every way possible.
Very sincerely yours,
Rev. Trella Davis, MBA