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Spring 2018 voyage celebrates International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day takes place every year as a way to celebrate women and has become a focal point for the women’s rights movement. The Spring 2018 voyage acknowledged the worldwide holiday by holding a ship-wide woman’s march and an international women’s panel. International Women’s Day fell the day after Neptune Day, when many women made the decision to shave their head. These women give their reflections on femininity and what it means to be a woman in the modern world.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

Fijare Plous

Fijare Plous

“I‚Äôm not new to this. I was knighted as a shellback when I was 12. This time, I actually got to do the knighting. The first time, I didn‚Äôt know what to expect. I did it, and it felt like letting go. I felt free. I‚Äôve been traveling my whole life, and I‚Äôve been used to different situations, and trying new things, and it‚Äôs something that I‚Äôve always loved, and doing that was really incredible for me. Watching it grow back was probably the best part. I loved the different stages…Women see other women on billboards that have long, luxurious hair, and that‚Äôs kind of the standard. You don‚Äôt see a lot of pixie cuts and other things. I‚Äôve talked to a lot of people, and they say, ‘Oh, you‚Äôre so brave,’ but I don‚Äôt really understand it. To me, it‚Äôs like, ‚ÄúYeah, it‚Äôll grow back.‚Äù It‚Äôs like cutting your nails. They‚Äôre the same thing. And, actually, they‚Äôre made of the same stuff. It‚Äôs just another part that will grow back. The hair that I had was three years in the making, a little past shoulder length…I think being a strong woman is being expressive. It‚Äôs being who you want to be, it‚Äôs not letting other tell you to settle for less. My grandma, who‚Äôs close to 80, walks 6 miles every morning. She was a black belt in karate. She‚Äôs still got jet-black hair. She would probably be my definition of a strong woman…Hair doesn‚Äôt hold a lot of significance for me, but it really is a way to express that I‚Äôm cool with myself. This is who I am. I love color, I love doing things that people don‚Äôt expect. I don‚Äôt want to have the same look as every other woman in the world. I want to be my own person. I‚Äôm not defined.”

 

Maite Correa

Maite Correa

“I don‚Äôt feel any attachment to [my hair]. Being a woman, and knowing that women don‚Äôt do this, I thought it was a way of just being different. If it had been shaving my eyebrows, I wouldn‚Äôt have liked that. I‚Äôm way more attached to my eyebrows than I am to the rest of my hair… Being a strong woman is just knowing what you want without letting others change who you are, your values especially. I think that International Women‚Äôs Day should be every day… I think I challenge traditional female expectations every day. From the perspective of a bisexual woman, and because I‚Äôm married to a woman, I feel like there‚Äôs expectations about how I‚Äôm supposed to act and how I‚Äôm supposed to look like for both the lesbian community and the heterosexual community, and probably the bisexual community. I think I‚Äôm challenging all of them, or none of them, at the same time, because I don‚Äôt think I fit any of the expectations because I don‚Äôt fit any of the sexual preferences that are usually expected of me.”

 

 

 

Joelle Powe

Joelle Powe

“Femininity is the force that makes you feel like a princess, which is actually a warrior. It makes you feel like a mother. It makes you protect like a lioness who would kill a lion for her cubs. And it‚Äôs that dynamic force that takes on whatever form it needs to be in each moment. It is unlabeled. It is dynamic, it is diverse, it can be whatever it needs to be. That‚Äôs what femininity is. It is the fire…¬†I feel privileged here past the boundaries of my physical self, as a woman of color, which is the privilege of my education. I feel rich, when I have less than most, because of my education, before the ship and on the ship while traveling the world. I feel wealthy in my knowledge, and I take power in that. I feel a privilege over others because of the knowledge that I have…¬†I‚Äôm so happy to be here seeing the other beautiful women and the shape of their brains. We affirm each other.”

 

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