Women Supporting Women Against Breast Cancer

I create an organic deodorant free from the chemicals linked to breast cancer, chemicals which are so commonly found in conventional deodorants, because when 8 women sit in sisterhood around a table, statistically at least one will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

And what I find is that women share: rarely do they buy one deodorant: they place their order in twos and threes. One for them, and one for the closest women they love. They will not keep health a secret.

*poem from The Moon and Her Sistersmy latest book

 

This deodorant I make 

is sacred

because it asks

every woman

to rise up

and claim her worth. 

 

Because 

it asks her

to create revolutions

with her armpits.

 

What are we

protecting

when we apply it?

 

Why do we feel this one

in our hearts

and want to share it

with every woman

we love?

 

Why does it feel

political,

powerful,

audacious? 

 

Defiant?

 

Because wearing it is an act

of self-preservation:

 

I am worth

taking up space

on this earth.

 

I have something 

to bring.

 

I am 

enough!

 

I am

worthy!

 

I will not

let myself

be silenced

or shrunken away

without a fight.

 

I am 

here.

 

And I will not let

my sisters

disappear, shrink,

in that way

either.

 

This is revolutionary:

women trying to 

preserve, support, and protect

each other

together.

 

We’re on to something, 

here.

We’re on to something

big.



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