It’s no secret that anytime you enter a yoga studio the majority, typically 75%, of yogis are women. Yoga is seen as a soft movement or exercise to the outside world. You obviously haven’t taken Mallory Italiano-Dillions class if you still think that’s true! Yes yoga is predominantly white, middle/upper-class, and female . . . but who afforded us these privileges and what does it all mean? The women who fought on the front lines to gain rights as equals, feminists if you will.
I don’t know about you but I’ve heard the word “pussy” being thrown around dinner tables in the last few months more than I’ve ever heard; seems to be the new norm. Feminists are coming out of the closet, new types of feminism have arisen, and labels in general are dissolving. Women don’t want to be classified anymore, they want to be whomever they are. We must not forget who brought us here; Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Gloria Steinem, Coretta Scott King, and Hillary Clinton. The list could obviously fill pages and pages, there are plenty of women that fought for the right to be paid equally, treated equally, and provided general human rights. The definition of feminism is the theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes and organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests. In other words, should we be treated like less than equal citizens because of our chromosomes and hormones?
Are we less intelligent, strong, capable, willing, tenacious, and savvy? In pure upper body strength possibly but what a man can lift with his arms I’m positive a woman can do with her vagina. The delicate lady bit known as the vagina is both a source of contention, degradation, pleasure, sensitivity, pain, vulnerability, and strength. It’s what makes women the soft sultry creatures that we are yet those things take a pounding, literally. Aristotle defined women as deformed, I never trusted those Greeks anyway. Here are some of our differences:
- Men possess an xy chromosome where women possess an xx chromosome
- Men are typically taller and have more muscle mass (15%) above the torso while women have the same muscle mass below the torso
- Men have less body fat than women
- Women have a different shaped pelvis made for child bearing
- Men have a shorter lifespan of about 7 years then women due to some hormones protecting women from some of the same life threatening diseases
- Men typically have a larger, but not smarter, brain
- Men are left brain dominant while women tend to be more evenly balanced left and right brain
- The inferior parietal lobule, which controls numerical brain function, is larger in males
- Two brain areas that process and control language are larger in females therefore women excel at language based tasks
- Women have a larger deep limbic system which puts them more in touch with their feelings, better at expressing their emotions, and more prone to depression
- The parietal region is thicker in the female brain making spatial rationalization more difficult
- Because men are more left brain dominant they are more likely to have language disabilities like being dyslexic
As you can see there are a plethora of ways that men and women differ. The beauty of the world in general is that we are not all the same. It allows for some people to excel in the arts or medicine. As an example, what would an artist do if there weren’t a physician to see when they became ill and what would a physician do without being able to go out and listen to music on the weekend? Fortunately, because of our fore sisters and brothers women can be anything we want to be. Celebrate our differences with our sisters and brothers around us. Celebrate what others excel at and hand it over to them with glee. In South Tampa, Florida we include everyone on International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month; we are not exclusive nor divisive. Call yourself a feminist or no label at all, be whatever you want to be. Our brethren are included as well and we are calling you onto the mat. We like men and recognize that we all stand together in this celebration. Come to Kodawari any day in March and get your first class free!! You will be pleasantly surprised.
Written by Kristen Carla Blogger/Acupuncture Physician www.facebook.com/kristencarla
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