Do you remember the last time you really felt proud of yourself? Admittedly, it’s been a while since I felt that way and I often have to force myself to pat my own back. Most of the time, I respond to my achievements by lowering their value: I tell myself that what I accomplished was “just luck” or “wasn’t as great of an achievement anyway”. And in the space of a few such thoughts, I’ve forbidden myself three minutes of ‘fame’ and more importantly the feeling that I really accomplished something. I know I’m not alone in reacting like this. We should be proud of ourselves more often.
Whether in our private or professional lives, most of us ensure that we treat our fellow human beings fairly, openly and with compassion. But one important thing often gets neglected: being truly good to oneself. Ask yourself, and be honest: do you love yourself? It’s time to be kinder to yourself. That’s why we’ve selected five smart tips to foster more self-love.
It is a little revolution: The O.school. An online shame-free platform for pleasure education, powered by live-streaming and chat. O Diaries talked with Co-Founder and CEO Andrea Barrica about the idea and why we need the O.school so desperately.
I’m more the dark type of hair. Which means, female body hair is an issue for me since puberty. “Are these hairs in your face”, asked me another girl during sports class when I was only 13 years old. It was hard. And I wanted to get rid of my female body hair asap.
Viennese artists G-udit and $chwanger have turned cloud battle rap into their vehicle of feminist expression, but KlitClique’s lyrics are also filled with humor. One of their songs is called “Chérie, je suis un genie” and their first album “Schlecht im Bett, gut um Rap” (“Bad in bed, good in rap”) is out now. The title of the album is also the rappers’ reply to cheesy pickup lines.
Every woman is unique and so is her vulva. And yet many adult women struggle with the physical appearance of their genitals. Hilde Atalanta is trying to change this frame of mind with The Vulva Gallery. The Amsterdam-based illustrator’s paintings celebrate difference, not sameness, and encourage women to appreciate the uniqueness of their own bodies.
“Pink if it’s a girl; blue if it’s a boy” – the socialization of biological sex often starts before birth in our society. In contrast, the indigenous people of North America practiced a far more advanced interpretation of gender. Perhaps it’s time we learned from their wisdom.
The foundation of a harmonious and healthy relationship with someone else is a fulfilling relationship with yourself. Only those who love themselves are open to the love from others. Although this may sound like the kind of empty sentence you might find in the ‘relationships’ section at your local bookshop, it’s actually pretty logical. How are you supposed to like others, and to allow others to like you, when you don’t even like yourself? But don’t panic, because self-love can be learned. Go on a date with yourself, get to know yourself better and heal your most important relationship – the one to yourself. Here are some helpful tips.