I very much value the female form, and my physical form. I value exploring femininity and physicality through the eyes of the female gaze, which I think is something very different than looking at the construct of femininity through the male gaze.
I believe if we are going to make a shift in consciousness, in business, in policy, and in our own homes to liberate and celebrate the feminine it is urgent and imperative we include our physical being as part of that.
There is great significance, literal and metaphorical, to having agency over if, when, and how I reveal my ideas, my emotions, my body, or my spirituality to another person. I was chatting with wonderful woman, Victoria Castle, a couple weeks ago about transformation and how it really needs to happen in the body. It is one thing to change your thoughts, or move through change in from a heart-centered space…but transformation needs to weave its way through the cells of your body, from your toes to your finger tips and every muscle in between. Your whole body must start to buy in to that same transformation.
Burlesque offers the opportunity to include the physical female form in its presentation and in transformation. You cannot talk about women and leadership without a conversation about agency of the female body. Women cannot step into their fullest leadership unless their body is included in being considered a 'whole person.' Burlesque dares to ignite that conversation.