I’ve heard that “social justice warrior” is a pejorative term for an individual who promotes socially progressive views, including feminism, civil rights, environmentalism, multiculturalism, and identity politics. Well, that’s too bad, because I really like the way social justice warrior sounds.
When your kids are little, you have lots of good reasons why you can’t help the causes that you care about. However, once the kids are grown and flown, you don’t have an excuse. So let’s go! Let’s see if we can help make the earth a better place for ourselves, our kids, and our pets.
My eldest daughter already went back to school, but my youngest daughter and her friends and I are going to Mauna Kea next week to protest the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) and to protect the Mauna. 🌋
I am looking forward to going to Hawai’i to join Ku Kia’i Mauna (the guardians of the mountain). I am also looking forward to going swimming. I have observed that people who live in places with strong aqua cultures are more comfortable with their bodies than those who are landlocked. I have no evidence to back this up, but if you live somewhere landlocked, you can pack on a comfy little layer of winter fat and still look pretty cute in the “winter uniform” (jeans, jacket, and boots).
Because my family is from Hawai’i, I’ve been going to the Big Island at least once or twice a year my whole life. And, when I’m there, I wear a swim suit every single day. Because that’s what people wear. When I’m home, I wear a swimsuit never. I don’t go to the pool, and if I float the river or go to the lake, I wear shorts and a t-shirt.
I noticed this body positivity when I visited my friends in Denmark. No location in Denmark is further from the coast than 32 miles. They love the beach and many of the women sunbathe topless. Like in Hawai’i, no one seems particularly self conscious. Old and young, fat and thin, weak and strong, they just go about their business. Who knew that the Danes and the Hawaiians had this in common! Although sadly, I did read an article that says that topless sunbathing is losing popularity in Denmark due to changing cultural norms, unrealistic body ideals, and the proliferation of social media.
I am a HUGE Mindy Kaling fan. She is very smart (she went to Dartmouth), she is super talented (she did The Office, The Mindy Project, plus two New York Times best-selling memoirs) and she is very stylish. In a recent article in Glamour, she is quoted as saying: "My very best friend in the world, Joceyln, is from Hawaii. And I would go and visit her when I was in college. And what I was struck about Hawaii is that everybody wears bikinis. It does not matter what your body type is," she wrote. "You rock a bikini. Because you're in Hawaii. And there's so much body positivity there that I, who was always really shy about my body, would wear bikinis."
So, with a suitcase full of brightly colored swimsuits, I’m pretty much ready for my upcoming trip to Hawai’i. Time to protect the Mauna (and as Mindy says, time to rock a bikini!). 👙
Me and my family are kia’i (protectors of the Mauna). 🌋 What are you? A social justice warrior? A climate activist? An eco-warrior?
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