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Body Love vs Body Shame

[caption id="attachment_1549" align="alignleft" width="225"] ©️2017 Bianca Bowers[/caption] Why is the city of angels so hellbent on destroying its female population? ~ Hank Moody, Californication (Pilot, Season 1). At its most basic, Hank's comment is a reference to how society has distorted the natural beauty of the female form. It's about body image and body shaming. It's a lament about the women who are carving themselves up and redesigning what they see as 'imperfections' because their perception of self has become…

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Belonging

I have wrestled with the concept of belonging for many years. Since leaving my South African home at age 23, I have been singled out as not belonging. In NZ, in the UK, and now Australia. And I guess it bothered me enough to write about it endlessly and withdraw into myself on enough occasions. Then, a few years ago, I met up with a journalist who was writing about her own explorations into belonging. We drank our herbal teas…