Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture compiled by Roxane Gay.
Intense. Beautiful writing. Revelatory. Brutal. It helped me understand my own experiences as a woman in this culture. I saw myself in so many of the stories – the way we blame ourselves, the way we tell ourselves it wasn’t that bad, the way we minimize our experiences and take on other people’s shame.
If you’re a woman, my guess is that you have a story like this too.
I have many. Starting very young. (Like five years old young) And I marvel at how that little person kept it all secret, thought there was something wrong with her, thought that she was broken and dirty and wrong. There is still some part of me (embedded deep inside) that still believes that, even though I know (rationally) it’s not true.
This book is tough to read/listen to but I found it revelatory. And like I said, helped me understand my own range of experiences. It might be medicine for you too.
You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
I love this book. And I adore Phoebe Robinson. She is hilarious + offers so much wisdom and insight about race, feminism and popular culture. Amazing collection of essays!
Still getting through this one, but it’s pretty fascinating. Certainly an interesting read for anyone curious about this topic. Wishing it was more personal and less journalistic, but maybe the more personal pieces will come later!The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams
Hands down, one of the best books I have ever read. (I read it every few years or so) It’s a simple and beautiful guide to living well, to manifesting success + joy, while experiencing ease and flow and connection. It’s an oldie but such a goodie.