BOOK REVIEW - PUSSY: A RECLAMATION | Natalie in the City - A Chicago Plus Size Fashion Blog, by Natalie Craig
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January 1, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - PUSSY: A RECLAMATION


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Imagine reading a book with the word "PUSSY" on the front of it while riding on a crowded bus or train. I couldn't imagine it, which is probably why I bought my copy of Pussy: A Reclamation for my Kindle. But that didn't stop any regular, friendly person from glancing over and asking me what I was reading.

The first time this happened, I was on an airplane when the woman sitting next to me asked. My first thought was, "Just tell her you are reading To Kill a Mockingbird, or something." But what if she inquired because she just saw the full page detailed illustration of a vagina? (not joking!!) More than a couple of seconds passed as I contemplated. I was a few chapters into the book, and I knew that if I didn't share this with her, I would have rejected all the lessons the book had taught me so far. So, I leaned over in an eerily silent airplane—the one time there was no crying baby on board to off set what I was about to say—and I whispered to the woman, "It's called......Pussy. It's about reclaiming your feminine power." I expected her to give me a strange look, laugh, and go about her business, but instead, she insisted that I tell her more. So I did.

I just finished this book last week, and I am already planning to re-read it. I was so inspired that I bought a couple of copies of the book and sent it to all of the women close to me in my life—even my mother, who I know will cringe at the title. And I don't blame her, because I did, too. But this book is about confronting that feeling we get when we talk about "pussy," and why it is that so many women still feel uncomfortable discussing and learning more about where their feminine power comes from.

When I picked up this book, I felt that I needed to look a little deeper within myself to solve problems and obstacles in my career, relationships, and day-to-day life. I needed this book just like everyone needs a little wake up call or reality check every once and a while. But that's not to say that I was prepared for the reality check this book was about to give me.
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Pussy explores how living in a patriarchal culture and society forces women to suppress their power, emotions, and divinity. The suppression of the "feminine" holds us back from our true potential, and our world is also paying for it, too.

"When the feminine in a culture is repressed, the consequences are tragic. We end up with violence in schools, mass shootings, a mercenary corporate culture, and an environment on the brink of collapse. The game becomes power and profit, rather than humanity. We are passing the responsibility for feeling our pain own to our children and grandchildren, who will have to live with the consequences of our unwillingness to do so." 

It's impossible to cover and share everything with you that I learned, but simply put: This book is a roadmap to reclaiming your feminine power, radiance, and joy. Regena Thomashauer, the author of Pussy, is also the founder of The School of Womanly Arts, a program that teaches women to turn on their innate feminine power to create a life they love—you could say that she is quite the expert on this topic.

Regena says: "Pussy is your call to tune in, turn on, and live more richly and fully than you ever thought you could. It’s a reclamation of what has always been your birthright as a woman. Because your voice needs to be heard. Because it’s time for you to live your truth, no matter what. Because your desires and your dreams want to be lived, in this lifetime."

I don't really make New Year's resolutions, but in 2017, I am taking the lessons from this book and applying it to my life. New year, new Goddess!

Here are a couple of quotes from the book that I love: 

"The feminine is the feeling part of us, our deepest intuition, our sense of community and connection. Additionally, it is a sense of spiritual morality and consciousness. The feminine is life. It may shock you to hear that she does not care about production, accomplishment, domination, assertiveness, or winning. Those are masculine values. On the contrary, she favors enjoyment, inclusion, surrender, and sustainability." - 

"Everything you want matters. It matters deeply—not just to you, but to everyone. We are all impacted, influenced, and shaped for the better by the radiant power of a woman’s desire. It’s terrifying to surrender, and terrifying to become greater. Far more terrifying than staying small. It is the ultimate hair-raising adventure to toss your saddle astride the unknown and gallop in the direction of your desire. But there is no more spiritually alive way to live." 

"When in truth, there is nothing more important than feeling radiant. Nothing. Sounds crazy, I know. But when we feel radiant, we get everything we have always wanted. We feel powerful, confident, and in control. Like the courtesans in whose lineage we are walking, we know who we are in time and space. We know we are not victims, but the heroines of our own lives. The stars of our show. Walking hand in hand with our divinity"

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