Updated: Feb 15
Scientifically dancing relieves stress. When we feel good physically, our mind feels good too. Dancing like any other physical activity releases dopamine and endorphins, also called happy hormones, which serve to reduce stress (cortisol) and cause our bodies to feel calm, happy and optimistic. Dr. Mahtab Jafari
Being intuitive women that we are, the New Suffragettes know instinctively the way to shake off the negative and accentuate the positive. "Dancing it off" uses positive energy to combat the negative oppressing energy that we encounter daily. We know that when you dance, you’re not only releasing your frustrations and anger but you’re also releasing stress and anxiety.
During the Bigger Than Roe march on January 2022, we could see the stress mounting in all of us as we created a conga line for justice.This wasn't planned - it was organic! Instinctively we knew we had to shake off the ugliness that surrounded us. We knew without a shadow of a doubt that women are intelligent and quite capable of making complex medical decisions regarding their own bodies, and that our healthcare should not be managed by politicians or ANYONE other than a woman and her doctor.
Many of us are new to activism and had never experienced the intense hate by anti-protestors at the march. Many of us said hello and introduced ourselves only to have our name called out derogatorily. We were called whores, murderers, verbally attacked in an extremely confrontational manner as we felt the spit of those against our movement scream at as without respecting personal space, jumping in front of us as we walked, body checking us, pushing their presence into our space and physically stepping on our toes.
Our stories and our reasons for supporting this movement are dear to us. Sunday, we stood against our physical oppressors as we do the lawmakers and all those that cannot use logic to understand that abortion rights are necessary. We know that stress is an enemy, one that attacks mentally and physically. So, the next time someone gets in our space, we will remain focused, hold on to one another tight, and dance to the music in our minds.
Mark Twain said, "Dance like no one is watching". The New Suffragettes say dance even if they are!