Self-care or self indulgence?

Has the concept of self-care become meaningless, asks Cerian Jenkins


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Fernando Safont

 

During the 1980s, as she battled a second (and eventually deadly) diagnosis of cancer, Audre Lorde proclaimed that taking care of her own wellbeing was “an act of political warfare”.

 

In the following decades, the concept of self-care was to rise and fall, and rise again, as a vogue-ish practice within activist communities. More recently, it began its ascent to popularity once more alongside the adoption of social media.

 

But the question needs to be asked: does the current incarnation of #SelfCare selfies and holistic hashtagging relate at all to what Lorde was talking about? Is this the radical self-care I’ve come to believe in, which defiantly rises in the face of an oppressive society and insists that yes, we are here and we do matter? Or, as I suspect, have we lost our path some-where along the way and replaced the political with the individual, the radical with the spectacle?

 

@CerianJenkins

 

Read the rest of Cerian’s column in the March issue of DIVA, available to buy in print or digitally here.

 

 

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