Excerpt from the essay Reaching for Catharsis by Roxanne Gay
“…I think about my body all the time—how it looks, how it feels, how I can make it smaller, what I should put into it, what I am putting into it, what has been done to it, what I do to it, what I let others do to it. This bodily preoccupation is exhausting… I don’t think I know any woman who doesn’t hate herself and her body at least a little bit. Bodily obsession is, perhaps, a human condition because of its inescapability.”
After reading this passage we came to the realization that each of us have ritualistic self absorbed actions directed towards our bodies, which we initially assumed to be a solitary experience. As we discovered the ways in which we are obsessed with our bodies, we formulated this piece in response to the fear… standing alone, in a room, with a camera and a mirror, we are pitching our stories to the public. There are many thoughts that command attention as we look in the mirror—if only these few things were different, would we be happy?
Reaching for Catharsis is an attempt to face these fears head on, to let it go, to understand the illogical nature of these actions against our bodies, to confront the pain that is deeper than surface appearances, and to learn to accept and be kind to the vessels that carry us through life.