Black women are negotiating the different stages of menopause along with their ever evolving identifies, relationships, careers, responsibilities and societal tropes. This is a curated intergenerational exchange, a space for exploration, mentorship, intimacy and vulnerability around life, identity a… read more
"Transformation doesn't happen in a linear way, at least not one we can always track. It happens in cycles, convergences, explosions. If we release the framyework of failure, we can realize that we are in iterative cycles, and we can keep asking ourselves----- how do I learn from this? Emotional growth is nonlinerar." adrienne maree brown, Emergent Strategies: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
To normalize menopause means to operate with a deep understanding of the complex diversity of experiences people have on their journeys and creating safe spaces to talk about that. It also requires a suspension assumptions around "who" is experiencing it, "how" they are experiencing it and even "when" all of this might begin (or end). The "when" part is particularly tricky when you are a young person in your 20s or 30s and begin to experience something that you anticipated wouldn't happen until you were in your 40s, 50s or even 60s.
In this episode, we are graced with the stories of two people who experienced menopause in their 20s and 30s.
Paris Hatcher is a Black, queer visionary feminist who has has been organizing individuals and organizations toward liberation at the local, national, and international level for twenty years.. In 2014, Paris founded Black Feminist Future as a movement incubator to support the leadership of Black feminist leaders, organizations and movements. At BFF, she serves as the Director and Chief Rabble Rouser. Paris also worked as Principal at Rhombus Consulting, Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, and was the co-founder and the Executive Director at SPARK: Reproductive Justice NOW. She served as board member of Southerners on New Ground for five years and she was a founding board member of the Groundswell Fund the largest reproductive justice foundation in the United States. Follow Paris on IG at @harrietsrevenge
Learn more about Paris and Black Feminist Futures: https://www.blackfeministfuture.org/
Chass Grissom is a Louisiana native and liquid alchemist, recently turned coffee cart owner! I was diagnosed with 3b late stage stage cervical cancer. Received chemo, radiation and has not had a cycle in 3 years. Now currently living a holistic lifestyle to continue to manage their health but also to manage premenopausal symptoms since going through treatment. Follow Chass on IG at @Parlecoffeeco
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