ONE BILLION RISING

“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution”  Emma Goldman

One In Three Women On The Planet Will Be
Raped Or Beaten In Her Lifetime.
One Billion Women Violated Is An Atrocity.
One Billion Women Dancing Is A Revolution.

Eve Ensler, creator of the Vagina Monologues, also started V-day.  This is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. The movement was started in 1998 by author, playwright and activist Eve Ensler. Ensler has been quoted as saying that it was women’s reactions to the play that launched V-Day. After seeing The Vagina Monologues, women would line up after to tell Eve their personal experiences, most often of sexual violence.  Information from Wikipedia

Eve describes how she was radicalized:
“My trip to the former Yugoslavia had opened the world for me, and my hunger for the world. In doing so, it undid the contained, safe borders of my existence. Suddenly a woman weeping over her lost son in an image on the front page of The New York Times was no longer a theoretical entity. She was real, a woman I might have met, might have known. I was connected to her. I could no longer divorce myself from her pain, her suffering. Initially this was overwhelming. I had nightmares. I felt restless and wrong in my comforting life in America. Everything seemed absurd and pointless. I came to understand why we block out the pain and atrocities of others. That pain, if we allow it to enter us, makes our lives impossible. It forces us to examine our own values and reality. It insists that we be responsible for others. It thrusts us into the messy world where there are no easy solutions or reasons, only struggles and questions. It creates great fissures in the landscape of our insulated, so-called safe reality. Fissures that, once split open, can never close again. It compels us to act.”

For me, this opening to the world came from being traumatized and abused as a child.  I never knew “contained, safe borders.”

Dance is dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive, contagious,
it breaks the rules.
It can happen anywhere, anytime, with anyone and everyone, and it’s free.
Dancing insists we take up space, we go there together in community.
Dance joins us and pushes us to go further and that is why it’s
at the center of ONE BILLION RISING.

Next week, on Thursday, February 14, Neskaya will host a dance party from 6-9PM to celebrate ONE BILLION RISING.

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