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    Reclaiming Pleasure

    — vol. i



    Acknowledgment of the trauma associated with Black women’s sexuality and determination to move forward.

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    Healing

    Visual · August 26, 2018

    Natural in Nature



    Maureen speaks about the struggle of watching her body change and having to relearn how to love her new curves. It is one thing to learn love for your body with disregard for other’s opinions, but to also feel that confidence in a sexual context, when you want to be desired by another, can be extremely difficult and a lifelong process.

    When did you come to take ownership of your body as a woman?

    Maureen:

    "Honestly, I took ownership of my body around the age of 30. There was an extra jiggle in my thighs. My stomach got softer, my hips got wider, and my boobs got bigger. I had to learn to love myself and my new body, which meant learning to fall in love with myself (again). I started looking in the mirror at myself everyday….sometimes for an hour and just write down the the things I like about myself. I became sensual, sexual and kind to myself. I explore my body. I realize as I become vulnerable to myself, I become freer."

    Model: Maureen Nicol (@williethewayfarer)

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    As told by

    Nora Rosenberg

    Nora Rosenberg is an analog photographer based in Austin, TX whose focus is on normalizing bodies and nudity in order to decrease the over-sexualization and lack of body autonomy experienced by femmes.



    This story is part of Reclaiming Pleasure, a theme that the Black Girl Magik collective explored and invited the community to investigate with us through a practice of communal healing and coalition building.

    Disconnecting to Reconnect

    The Black Girl Magik collective supports each member in her healing journeys through our annual self-care break. During this time we disconnect from social media to the capacity our programming allows, the internet and other distractions to further reconnect with ourselves. Additionally, we take this time to re-engage with the mission of the collective and to return the root of what it means to organize and build collectively. We are now considering what this self-care break can look like when we invite transparency into our restoration process, and engage our community through physical programming.

    The main goal of our residency with Powrplnt is to provide resources for women of color to engage in restoration and healing and to define self-care on their terms. We aim to: 1) conjure the capacity to center the resilience of women of color; 2) provide resources for women of color to engage in restoration and healing with us, and to define self-care on their terms; 3) host programming, open studios and discussions for and with the community.

    Healing is a journey and we are honoring this journey as a collective by disconnecting from social media, the internet and other distractions to further reconnect with ourselves. We invite you to join us and can’t wait to share how you can meet us IRL.

    All Themes

    Reclaiming Pleasure
    Returning Home

    Reclaiming Pleasure

    "Reclaiming Pleasure" is the assertion of sexual power, alongside a period of recovery. It is a Black woman finding strength in her sensuality and grounding autonomy in the realms of pleasure and desire. It is the rejection of standards set on our ancestors and the distinction between agency and objectification.

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    Returning Home

    Returning Home

    “Returning Home” is an exploration back to lands, rituals and traditions that we have always known. It is voyaging and feeling at home as soon as you step foot on the ground. It is hearing music and your soul perceiving the frequencies. It is seeing a familiar face and knowing that somehow you have met before. “Returning Home” is a return to self.

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    All Themes

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