i never intended to get into the menstrual wellness game, however, the way this zero-waste-green-eco-tree-hugging-bulk-shopping-life is set up it was natural for me to fit right in. womanism is environmentalism, so every time i bring a reusable bag or normalize menstrual cycle i'm doing it for both black women and the earth (the feminine/creator energy). our womb health is a indicator of the earth health. notice how womb trauma like uterine fibroid and endometrial polyps is becoming more common at the same time the planet has seen it's hottest years, most polluted waters, and increased extreme events. it's not like the 'old days' when foods was naturally cultivated, midwives delivered babies, and our lives were less consumed with 'hustle'. at @blackmomsblog's period party, the panelist @thenaturalchica, @tierragoesgreen, and me with @shaniciaboswell were all in synchronicity about menstrual health. it's not simply what you put on your body or what you wear on your cycle; it's a holistic lifestyle that encompasses it all. this event reminded me that women are taking back their experiences with their menstrual health, this personal endeavor from many woman will soon impact the world.
womanism is a term coined by alice walker initially in her short story "coming apart" to describe black and women of color feminist theory which goes deeper than race and class structures. womanism is a theory that a person's culture is the foundation of the feminism. it combines spirituality, environmentalism, and everyday living as interdependent pillars of abundantly living. womanism is deeply considerate of all living things and that is why in womanism is environmentalism. all or nothing, we all eat or no one eats (animals and plant included). it's also quite simple; people simply want to bring dignity back to the everyday tasks we all depend on like breast feeding, growing untainted food, housework, raising children, and caring for animals and earth. scholar layli maparyan (Phillips) writes that womanism seeks to "restore the balance between people and the environment/nature and reconcil[e] human life with the spiritual dimension”. the person who lead the start of the environmental justice movement in the 80s, dana alston, a black woman. berta caceres, a brown woman,was assassinated in her home in 2016 after 20 years of defending land of indigenous people in opposition to mining companies. wangari maathai, a black women, founded the greenbelt movement in kenya to protect land from development. vadana shiva, a brown woman, continues to call out big agriculture for it's taxing conditions on the planet. not to mention many indigenous black and brown women selflessly doing essential work in their communities.