Sometimes, in just the right light, it’s as though I have a butt 🙌✨ and that’s what yoga is all about folks 😌 swipe right for a weird shape 🤔🤨 •
Since the #MeToo
movement, I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about sexism. Initially I felt frustrated by the behavior of women who I perceived were utilizing the movement in a way that actually set women back, and encouraged benevolent sexism. •
I then became aware that I, too, exhibited sexist biases and supported benevolent sexism. This latter kind, as the title implies, isn’t overt, hostile discrimination; but it is insidious, and its existence is correlated with the repression of women’s rights. •
This, amidst a current, ongoing conversation about ‘the sexualization of yoga’, specifically on instagram. I felt frustrated seeing people practicing provocative asanas in skimpy clothing, but seemingly denying that they were using their bodies to promote themselves. I was also irked that regardless of a woman’s intentions, they were accused of ‘sexualizing yoga’, with the accuser taking zero responsibility for their perception. •
Once it dawned on me that I’ve exhibited (do exhibit) this behavior as well (and that women apparently lose no matter what they do 🙄) it became easier to accept this potential behavior in others. My wish is that people start to take accountability on either side. If I’m benefitting from benevolent sexism but then object to other forms of discrimination because they don’t *benefit me*, that’s hypocritical. If I as the beholder perceive sexual manipulation, that’s *my* perception. I can’t force anyone else to take accountability for themselves, their thoughts, their feelings or actions; but I can acknowledge my own hypocrisy, anti-social tendencies and implicit bias.
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