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Reclaiming Pleasure and Rest in the Face of a Racist Society

Part 1 of a 4 blog series on race & BDSM

Mondays are holy days dedicated to pleasure and rest in a new tradition I've lovingly dubbed "Pleasurism".

In a world burdened by systemic racism and historical injustices, the importance of pleasure and rest for indigenous bodies cannot be overstated. Indigenous communities have long endured the oppressive weight of a society marked by colonialism, discrimination, and cultural erasure. This blog delves into the significance of prioritizing pleasure and rest for indigenous individuals, emphasizing the reclamation of these fundamental human rights as an act of resilience, healing, and empowerment.

The Historical Trauma of Oppression

For indigenous communities around the world, the history of colonization and its devastating impact continue to cast a shadow over everyday life. The forced displacement from ancestral lands, cultural suppression, and violence against indigenous bodies have left a legacy of intergenerational trauma. In this context, reclaiming pleasure and rest becomes an act of resistance against a system that has sought to erase the very essence of indigenous identity.

1. Reclaiming Pleasure: Pleasure is a birthright that has been stolen from indigenous bodies. Reconnecting with traditional practices, cultural celebrations, and art forms can reignite a sense of joy and pride. Rediscovering the pleasure in indigenous languages, stories, and rituals helps counteract the harmful narratives perpetuated by a racist society.

2. Healing Through Rest: Rest is more than just physical relaxation; it is a space for emotional, mental, and spiritual rejuvenation. The toxic stress inflicted by racism takes a toll on indigenous bodies, amplifying health disparities. Prioritizing rest allows individuals to heal and reclaim their bodies as sites of strength and resilience.

Cultivating Pleasure and Rest

1. Cultural Reconnection: Engaging in traditional activities, whether it's storytelling, dance, or craftwork, offers a pathway to pleasure and cultural affirmation. These practices connect indigenous individuals with their heritage, fostering a sense of belonging and identity.

2. Community Support: Building strong support networks within indigenous communities is essential. Collective healing circles, mentorship programs, and cultural workshops provide spaces where pleasure and rest are honored and shared.

3. Setting Boundaries: Asserting boundaries against racial microaggressions and discriminatory practices is an act of self-preservation. It allows indigenous individuals to create safe spaces where they can freely experience pleasure and rest without the burden of external oppression.

4. Education and Advocacy: Raising awareness about the importance of pleasure and rest in indigenous communities challenges the prevailing narrative of suffering. Advocacy efforts can contribute to dismantling systemic racism, paving the way for a more equitable society.

In a society rife with racism and inequality, prioritizing pleasure and rest for indigenous bodies is an act of rebellion that challenges the oppressive norms. By reclaiming these fundamental rights, indigenous individuals reclaim agency over their bodies, narratives, and identities. The journey to healing and empowerment begins with recognizing that pleasure and rest are not indulgent luxuries, but essential components of a life free from the shackles of discrimination. As indigenous communities rekindle the flames of joy and rest, they ignite a beacon of hope that guides the way towards a future marked by equity, justice, and cultural celebration.

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