Can you even imagine that? What would you do if that happened to you? The problem with these pieces being sort of inherently ridiculous is that the discussions they provoke are equally shallow. At that moment, though, I found it impossible to stop thinking about this woman. Home News Community Help! How do we create a space that is accessible not just to everybody, but to every body? You are commenting using your Facebook account.
Smackdowns have their uses. This is all about you now?! The aim of getting people talking can overshadow the task of helping the writers become better writers. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: No, not because of that. When I practice yoga, I carve out my own space and focus on my flow.
At that moment, though, I found it impossible to stop thinking about this woman. Would you spend the whole class preoccupied with your own sophomoric thoughts and then go home and cry because it was just too stressful for you to practice yoga with a black woman? Follow Kristin Iversen on twitter kmiversen. Why do so many women of color continue to practice yoga despite narratives like the one Ms.
But instead, the editors at xoJane recognized that an article that essentially trolls women of color would be a much better page view generator and so abandoned their responsibility to the story at hand.
And then, in a moment of profound but apparently unintentional irony, she closes on the following question:. My skinny white girl body. My practice is about me. It is definitely partly Polachek because, MY GOD, how obtuse do you need to be, how ignorant to think that the experience of another woman—especially one of a different race—is actually all about you? At first, I had essa stop reading right here— really!
By the end, Ms. When I practice yoga, I carve out my own space and focus on my flow.
I’m the only Black woman in my yoga class but…
No, not because of that. You are commenting using your Google account. When Gawker found this piece yesterday and dojane pretty good fun of itthere was a certain catharsis in seeing everyone turn on the piece so swiftly.
I felt it all directed toward me and my body. There is perhaps a good conversation to be had about that. Even sampling just one paragraph from the essay should give you an idea of xojne quickly everything goes to hell:.
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The problem with these pieces being sort of inherently ridiculous is that the discussions they provoke are equally shallow. Let me offer another perspective, Ms. Which, actually, a very good discussion about that issue can be found here, on the excellent site Decolonizing Yoga.
Over the course of the next hour, I watched as her despair turned into resentment and then contempt. Instead, I would want yoga teachers and students to pose these questions and experience this discomfort because these spaces are homogeneous and occupied with people like them. The fires of Hades rise sojane and higher around both writer and reader the longer it goes on. Notify me of new comments via email.
I’m the only Black woman in my yoga class but… – ZenG Yoga
She went home and cried because the presence of this one Black woman presented her with a moral crisis and interrupted her flow. But the catharsis will prove deceptive here, I think. There is certainly some value in having bigots be openly bigoted, in the sense that then the rest of us know just where they are.
Smackdowns have their uses. Making a Safe Space for Music, and a Movement. You are commenting using your Facebook account. You have entered an incorrect email address! I was completely unable to focus on my practice, instead feeling hyper-aware of my high-waisted bike shorts, my tastefully tacky sports bra, my well-versedness in these poses that I have been in hundreds of times.