On New Year's Eve, I started seeing photos of some of my favorite feminists with the hashtag #365feministselfie. I read Viva la Feminista's Post about the project and immediately jumped on board. A few days later, I was invited to a facebook group based on the project. (If you're doing it, consider joining the 365 Feminest Selfies facebook group!)
Just two weeks into the project, I'm starting to notice something. I'm seeing something in myself that others have long said is there, but that I sometimes have a hard time seeing.
And not just in myself, but in all of the women participating. The diversity of lives and experiences, and of faces and bodies, is something to behold. We are mothers and not. We are young and old. We are fresh-faced and heavily made up. We work and we stay at home. We are every shape and size. We are beautiful, and we are all sharing a glimpse of our lives, every day (or every week, or every month, or as often as we remember). We are showing that the label "feminist" is not limited to a certain demographic or set of beliefs.
We are bravely sharing ourselves with each other. We showcase our bedhead, our perceived flaws, our favorite parts of ourselves and our lives, and our not-so-favorite parts.
I am looking forward to completing this project throughout the year, not just to see the ups and downs and ins and outs of my own daily life, but those of the lives of the beautiful community I have found in this project.
Every week or show, I'll be sharing collages of my 365feministselfies here. If you are participating, drop me a line and let me know where you are sharing yours, so I can follow along with your beautiful self!