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March has begun and we can already see spring trying to carve out a place for itself. With the current temperature, I may not be the only one clinging to the fact that it's still sunny at 5:30 pm (we celebrate what we can!).
Spring also comes with a breath of fresh air. We want to take care of ourselves and our bodies that have spent a lot of time in between four walls (cabin fever anyone?). But are you really doing it for yourself?
For a long time, and still today, women (or people with a vagina) are seen as little flowers. Ah, look at the beautiful woman who blooms when spring arrives, she seems to be alive again. Yet none of us wilts at the first snow.
Yes, it may be that in winter you take care of yourself differently. Maybe you let your hair grow out for a few months or give yourself a hair break. But that doesn't make you any less soft, less beautiful or less feminine. You are yourself, in all its possibilities.
If you choose to reveal your legs or your vulva with the landscape that dresses it, you are not excluded from the clean or beauty category. And if you choose to reveal them freshly shaved, waxed or trimmed, that's fine too. In 2021, the beauty mirror should not discriminate.
Mirror, mirror, tell me who is the most beautiful.
They all are.
Beauty lies in the ability and power to make free and informed choices. There is a powerful sense of empowerment associated with being able to decide what products we put in contact with our bodies, choose how we expose ourselves, or simply change our minds.
I know we still have a long way to go to be completely free in our choices as women. That's why I invite you to think about the choices you make about your body. Why do you do it and for whom? How do you feel about your body? How do you feel about the changes you've made to your body?
The way you perceive your body is part of your sexuality. This perception is built through your experiences, your socialization, the images and messages you have been exposed to , etc. There is no harm in taking the time to reflect on your life choices.
March has begun and we can already see spring trying to make its way. But you never stopped blooming, no matter what your physical choices are.
Text by Sabrina Leblanc of @someonexsomeday, online counselling and sex education service.