February 25, 2013
Truth be told, my eyes, smile, and natural body structure has always been complimentary physical attributes to my overall person. Thus, leading to a mind frame conformed of a forward-thinking perspective in which I have personally thrived and even triumphed in particular instances. There are multiple textual publications within Listen Up (Voices from the Next Feminist Generation) that sincerely resonated with me in conjunction correlating to that of my premise. They include however are not limited to "Lusting for Freedom," by Rebecca Walker "The Body Politic," by Abra Fortune Chernik and "Class Feminist" by Erica Gilbert Levin. In addition "One Resilient Baby" by Cheryl Green holds a distinguished level of intrigue as well as applicability.
To what extent does my physical body affect who I really am? How does my physical body influence what others think about me? Is anatomy truly destiny, as the saying goes? These are the types of questions that arise when evaluating one's identity. Also, ethnicity, health, age, attractiveness, and so forth are crucial factors that correspond to one's identity. The evaluation process can be consuming in a number of ways, shapes, forms, and fashions; Nevertheless, the intended common goal is probable, which is to discover one's demonstrated yet presumed identity.
In response to, "To what extent does my physical body affect who I really am?" The physical body as a whole plays a significant role in demonstrating one's identity. Indeed there are two separate polarities in regards to intrapersonal and interpersonal communication. According to Communication (Making Connections) by William J. Seiler and Melissa L. Beall, interpersonal communication refers to language use or thought internal to the communicator; Whereas, interpersonal communication refers to an exchange between two or more persons in close proximity using conversation and gestures. "One Resilient Baby" connects unbelievably well in which the author says, "After twenty-four years of searching, I have now released the anger and pain of my past abuse and sense of isolation. This healing is a direct result of the efforts of my eclectic group of mentors. Together, they provide me not only with a sense of belonging but also with a sense of purpose." (Green, 280) Without a doubt, I think physical body psychologically and socially affects who we are as people, more times than less appealing to the wickedly powerful force of emotion.
In response to, "How does my physical body influence what others think about me?" Perceptions can be misleading. How someone is viewed is, however, congruent with one's physical body. This is expressed on a daily basis. It can easily be overlooked if not observed carefully. Flaws are normally frowned upon throughout society, I for one embrace my flaws and the noticeable flaws that makeup my surroundings. "The Body Politic" connects beautifully when the author states, "Over the past three years, feminism has taught me to honor the fullness of my womanhood and the solidness of the body that hosts my life. In feminist circles I have found mentors, strong women who live with power, passion and purpose. And yet, even in groups of feminists, my love and acceptance of my body remains unusual." (Chernik, 110) Similar to the author's conceived philosophy, it's better to capitalize and thrive on the things that are inevitable, such as living with power, passion, and purpose versus perishing in denial of accepting things as they are.
In response to, "Is anatomy truly destiny, as the saying goes?" Anatomy certainly is determined as nature takes its course. From a technical standpoint, anatomy is normally hereditary; my physiological state consist of particular DNA, genes, and so on. "Lusting for Freedom" makes for a lovely connection with the author openly sharing, "Fortunately, there is no magic recipe for a