Monday, April 2, 2012

Empowerment Project--Men Were Scary

 

Men were scary. Everything about them made my case
I'd looked upon eyes of hatred
Lost when violent limbs found a place

The male form once etched into stone's of glory
Repulsed and terrified
A long forgotten, sad story

Defiant, one day
To reclaim the sight
Clutched one pen without delay
Etched the male form in all its glory






This poem, and accompanying artwork, were created by someone I greatly admire. Tara Shennan, a supportive friend of my lunatic fringe, has her own project for survivors called Join the Fight Back. Please check it out and be inspired by the brave contributions.

I found Tara's poem raw and painful, but at the same time awe-inspiring.  Thanks so much for this wonderful contribution, Tara!









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  2. I wish blogger had a "like" button. Then again, these empowerment pieces deserve more consideration than a quick "like." Thank you to Tara for sharing her emotion via pen and ink. These little things change all of us. Offer hope. Thank you.

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  3. You're welcome :)

    Drawing female bodies had never been an issue for me but men were really difficult. For a while I took the time to look at pictures of naked men an try to draw the image I was looking at. What that meant was that I didn't have to root around in my memory for the image of a naked man - thereby bypassing most bad associations with men.

    It has been really useful as a healing technique too. I was able to lessen my fear of seeing my partner naked. Probably not something everyone can do as a way to heal but I thought I would share in case it helps someone :)

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    1. That's great, Tara. I think it's inevitable that anything that helps you is BOUND to help someone else. Big hugs, brave gal. <3

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