There is abuse that is visible to all… And there is insidious abuse, masquerading as as an innocent gesture. For instance, when a man tells a woman to smile: How can you complain about what seems like a benevolent gesture, even if, deep down, you experience it as a putdown? You get overwhelmed, you dissociate, you implode… Finding your voice means being able to feel what it feels like, instead of being hemmed in by the sense that you’re over-reacting. See 30-second video below:
The above video uses an excerpt from an interview with Rae Johnson in Relational Implicit.
Rae Johnson, PhD, RSMT is a somatic scholar/practitioner working at the intersection of embodiment studies and social justice. Key themes in her work include the embodied experience of oppression, somatic approaches to research, and the poetic body. Rae is the author of the recently published book Embodied Social Justice and chair of the Somatic Studies in Depth Psychology doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Links to Rae’s work can be found on her website.
Published December 2017. See full interview of Rae Johnson.