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4 Ways to be a Proud Pussy (March on Washington)

Pussy was on full display yesterday. (Literally, vulvas, labias, pubs and uteri covered 80% of the posters).

But as I stood between the stage and the riled up protestors, I couldn’t help but question whether this pussy power was here to stay? Or were we making a one time statement like the many other marches and protests that took place over the last year. Either way I was overjoyed to see women of all colors come out in solidarity to unite for causes we all find impactful (reproductive rights, equal pay, gender equality).

What brought this question to mind were the multiple instances when the protestors rudely overpowered the messages of the women onstage who were there to inspire and address the need for change. This misjudgment that the actual foot path, from Independence Ave. to the White House, was more important than the voices of the struggle told me that many women were just there to make a statement and not necessarily interested in affecting social change.

I became afraid that the power that energized us on this day would fade into a memory of when we did something “cool” or stood for something in the moment. I worried anxiously how we could put pussy on display in our daily lives? But Gloria Steinem and Michaela Angela Davis put my worries to rest.

I spoke with Gloria Steinem briefly to ask her what she thought, as someone who has fought this fight time and time again, what is the most important thing for us to do NOW as the young leaders? She pointed to my heart and said listen to that thing there.

This moment to me meant getting together with women as many or as few as I can and continue to inspire each other daily. To not take these moments surrounded by women charged by a cause in vain. So even if this energy only lasts for a few hours, I can carry its impact anywhere. Michaela Angela Davis confirmed this in the 3 minutes I spent with her. She said that as the new leaders of the movement, “we’re dope as fuck,” that we need to keep pushing and do what makes us feel empowered. “We got this” she told me.

So again how can you display pussy power daily?

1) empower women around you (no matter how different you are). Today I met so many women that normally, I would never interact with. This proved to me that although we’re connected through gender there are more layers beyond the surface. Dancing to Madonna with white women twice my age or high-fiving pink haired little girls, I realized today that I should never throw away an opportunity to connect with another woman.

2) be bold! So much of what we believe has been pressed on us by a patriarchy that hardly values our existence. All day I was surrounded by signs that jeered at Trump’s presidency, but there were twice as many deeper ones with messages such as “real men don’t rape” or “I’m more than a womb”. These messages reminded me that I do take my freedoms for granted and that at anytime my womanhood could be used as a tool against me. Knowing that, it’s important for us to understand that we’re always at war even if not in our immediate lives, but for the greater safety and protection of women and girls everywhere. Don’t be silent in this fight, make a statement and be unafraid.

3) don’t apologize for your emotions. Our empathy is our strongest asset as women. It’s how we navigate life the best. We’re always told that being emotional is a negative attribute, but we were given the gift of sensitively for a reason. It’s time we use it. Yesterday a million of us assembled on Washington, peacefully. We were passionate, chanting, shouting and at times screaming, but always connected and in unity. Our anger didn’t burn any one at the stakes and our emotional drive didn’t start a mob.

4) be in tune with you. shake off what the world has made you and embrace the parts of you that are bursting to get out.

Madonna, Janelle Monae, Angela Davis and so many more took the stage with confidence that this fight can and will be won. It only requires our cooperative and ceaseless effort.

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Briana Myrie

Co-Founder & Content Editor Hippie at heart, lover of love.

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