In regards to sexism, misogyny and equal rights for all, how do we progress when both women and men are feeling slighted. As an observation, I may note out modern society and mostly social media. We have a culture of engaging based on the physical appearance…aka hot bodies.
Now don’t get me wrong, I know how many people love their sexy selfies and there is nothing wrong with a nice, healthy body. Surely, I don’t mind looking at a hot hunk now and again, but when that’s all a man presents himself to me as, I lose interest fast. As the Red Hot Chili Peppers song, “Show Me Your Soul.”
Yes, to me, there is more to men and women and people, than their bodies. I know it’s hard to imagine, but it’s true. We are more than our bodies.
it’s just when this is what we constantly present to the world, this is what we are selling. This is what we are saying is available – our bodies. And when I say this, I mean both male and female.
Again, nothing wrong with attracting attention with our physical appearance, the problem lies when we want more and that is all we get. It becomes a problem when we wonder why people aren’t engaging with us with civility, intellectually and emotionally and even spiritually.
Personally, over the years on social media, anyone who promotes their body through their social media profile, I tend to not follow, unfollow and not friend, not so much because of superiority on my part, more so because I want a different kind of engagement. I want stimulating intellectual conversation. I want to engage emotionally to understand people (men and women). I want to be inspired creatively and I want to spiritually connect with both men and women. Is that so much to ask?
When we begin to present ourselves as something beyond a physical body, and engaging with others at a different level and in a different way, we can change the discourse. We can learn to understand others better. We can see each other more than just a body, but as a human being…yes, we’re all human beings with minds, hearts and souls. Trust me, it’s true.
The world is fully of bullies. It is full of people who will disrespect no matter how respectable we conduct ourselves. And let me make this clear, sexual assault is not about sexuality, it is about power and it doesn’t matter how a person looks or dresses.
What I am suggesting is our holistic social presentation and what we can do is elevate our interaction. We can change how we present ourselves to the world and we can possible teach others how we want to be treated. We can simply make a change by how we engage with one another socially, and it starts with us.
My yoga teachers ends our classes with one line, “We are not just our bodies, we are not just our minds, we are truly divine.” Perhaps, we can have more open dialog if we express more of our divinity and less of our bodies and minds. Just an observation.