The explosion of #metoo in October 2017 is changing everything. Or at least it feels like it has. There’s a renewed hope in the air that sexual harassment and assault will become a thing of the past. That women – by speaking out – may finally be able to assert autonomy over their own bodies.
Whether you participated online in #metoo or behind closed doors with close friends – we all have stories.
Maybe you weren’t sure if what happened to you counts as sexual assault. Maybe you brushed it off as ‘just something that happens to women.’ Maybe you stood your ground and found a way to take back your autonomy.
Whatever the outcome we are all survivors and our stories deserve to be told because our voices and our experiences are powerful.
Come share your stories* or share how this movement has affected you. We’ll also brainstorm ways to keep this momentum going.
*this topic can be triggering for some. No one will be pressured to share but the door is always open for those who do.
**this session will be recorded and potentially published as a podcast. Everyone will have the option to have their identities kept anonymous.
The Mission: The Emotional Labor Union provides a space for everyone that identifies as female to get in touch with her own thoughts, feelings, and experiences, empowering her to reconnect with herself and go out into world to articulate them clearly and with confidence.
The 4 Values of the ELU:
- Your voice is powerful: The ELU is a safe space and a platform to talk about your experiences. Devoting time to critical thinking and interaction empowers women to sharpen their speaking skills, define the source of their feelings and reminds us we have voices that deserve to be heard.
- Community feels good: The ELU brings women together who prioritize being intentional and carving out time and space to devote to knowing themselves and other women better. This is a group that provides love, support and where no question or opinion is off-limits.
- We truly are stronger together: The more time we spend having invigorating discussions, finding common ground with other women, and cementing how we feel about topics that affect us, the more powerful we become both individually and collectively.
- Self-care is important: In today’s fast-paced world it can be easy, especially for women, to put their interests and pursuits behind other things that may be more ‘urgent’ or ‘important.’ Devoting time to pursuing your interests, and your $ by supporting causes you think are worthwhile, are some of the best forms of self-care! The ELU gives everyone a nourishing and energizing experience that allows you to find your own voice on matters that are important to you.