This week we have been reflecting on what inspires us here at Herstory. We are inspired and drawn to stories of individuals who survive past pain. The trauma left behind from any intense experience in life is often unbearable at times. There are moments of loneliness, feelings of self-loathing, anger, sadness, denial...the list goes on. But what has helped us in other ways of healing has been sharing our stories and shared experiences through artistic mediums; whether in dance, designing clothes, modeling, painting, and of course writing. This week we wanted to honor the artistry of healing of another survivor. You may know her as a fiery performer who surprises audiences and on-lookers with alluring and dramatic costumes, or her ability to captivate listeners with her rough-around the edges but unforgettable vocals and stage presence. She recently graced the stages of past week's Victoria Secret Fashion show. (Okay...you might have already guessed and some may be thinking what does this have anything to do with a blog whose intentions are to uplift and educate on the affects of rape culture and those who've experienced it first or second hand?)
This is another aspect to the puzzle that we wanted to touch on...the fact that rape and assault can happen to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, disability, or race. These intersections affect people you may or may not know...
So, When given a platform like our next featured Queen...we want to honor her bravery and her strength she chooses to channel every day. "Born this way superstar," is our featured Story, and from her own words, wrote a song to the countless individuals affected by rape and sexual assault in a music video. We pray it opens your eyes and heart to never judge or assume. We pray it's content, though sensitive...is one that encourages you to share with someone you may not have first known to be a survivor too.
*we've included a link to the music video* it was a powerful moment for us seeing someone use their gift for more than just profit...but to help spread a message. This is the reality of many, including our own...but we also acknowledge we are braver, stronger, and more aware because of these shared experiences!
Thank you for supporting, visiting, loving and encouraging us through this process. Always here...
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