Episode 6: People talk about “self-care” being important in tough political times, but there’s got to be something more to it than yoga and a pedicure.
Where does our idea of “self-care” come from? Does it really work? How does “self-care” support or distract us from the work of democracy and community engagement?
Part 1: Gretchen Mallios is a LCSW / MSW therapist in private practice in San Diego, California. Our political and social climate has moved her to extend her therapeutic practice into a yoga studio catering specifically to women and teen girls who need gentle, supportive environments.
Part 2: Alondra Nelson (Sociology, Columbia) on the history of self-care in the Black Panther Movement of the 1960s; Liz Hoover (Native American Studies, Brown) on indigenous communities practicing collective self-care through traditional foodways revitalization; Pat Zavella (Anthropology / Latinx Studies) on women’s health advocacy in Latina communities.
Thank you to our cross promotional sponsors, the Department of English at Hunter College-CUNY. Hunter College counts among its alumni the great poet and activist Audre Lorde, who said, "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."