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Pussy Riot

So far, 2012 has been a very loud year for Pussy.
Which is unusual.
I cannot recall a louder year, actually.
There have been ups, there have been downs.
And make no mistake, her voice has been LOUD.
The runaway success of Fifty Shades… brought the topic of sex and sexual gratification in a wider variety of circumstances and situations than ever before.  Hey, even at my barn, where most of the talk is about hay and horses, everyone was discussing it with widely diverse points of view.

In February, we had Pussy Riot, who staged a flash protest against President Vladimir V. Putin in Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral.  Its members Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, were sentenced on August 17 to two years each in a prison camp.  This radical sentence has struck a universal cord—especially as we are all concerned with how women are treated, not just in Russia, but all over the world.  Prison camp?  Really?  Putin, a former KGB spy and FSB head, has compared Pussy Riot’s stunt to a “witches’ Sabbath.”  Rock stars around the world have united behind this human rights issue.

Then, we had Representative Lisa Brown punished by being silenced on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives, for using the word “vagina” in a floor debate over a drastic and repressive anti-abortion bill. In an opinion piece for The Detroit News, Rep. Brown talked about her speech and her colleagues’ reaction:
“I used that word because we were debating a women’s health issue. Vagina, by the way, is the correct medical name of a part of women’s anatomy lawmakers want to regulate. My statements were within the rules of the House and were clearly appropriate in relation to the bill we were discussing.  One of my counterparts, Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, said ‘vagina’ is such a disturbing word that he would never deign to use it in the presence of women or ‘mixed company.’ This, from a man who earned a bachelor’s degree in biology.”
Lisa did the only thing that any sane woman would have done in her position.  She called Eve Ensler, the original Vagina firestarter, and staged a reading of The Vagina Monologues on the steps outside the Michigan State House.  Thousands of women attended.  Pussy on, Lisa!

Over the summer, we all watched in horror as Representative Todd Akin (also discussed in my blog post Why are you so nice?), the Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, provoked fury and outrage across the political spectrum a few weeks ago, by saying that in instances of what he called “legitimate rape,” women’s bodies somehow blocked an unwanted pregnancy. He has been asked by his party to step out of the race, but has refused.  He clearly feels very righteous about himself and his point of view.

And last week, Naomi Wolf’s new book, Vagina: A New Biography hit the stands.  Naomi has been mocked, trounced, trashed and raked over every literary and feminist coal in the book, for her effort to celebrate the heart and soul of the feminine.  I am in the midst of reading it, and I love it.  It is heartfelt, passionate, and courageous. Naomi is stretching herself, both as a writer and a woman, to wrap words around the disempowering silence that most women are raised with, concerning the heart and soul of their womanhood.  Our culture performs a linguistic cliterodectomy on every woman when we do not even allow our sons and daughters to use the word that describes that which is most essentially feminine about a woman.  “Vagina” is a start.  Vulva is even better.  Pussy on, Naomi.

And what about that group of protesters from Code Pink who interrupted Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican National Convention?  The power of Pussy is such that the protesters were able to obtain credentials to the convention that enabled them to get really close to the stage. They were able to sneak in huge pink signs, which was a pretty incredible feat, given the level of security.  (Only Pussy can create openings where there are none.)  There were actually a fleet of Code Pinkers dressed as vulvas at the convention.  Spectacular.  Pussy on, Code Pink!!

So, what is happening here?  Is anything actually changing in the world on behalf of women?  Akin is still in the race, Pussy Riot is still in jail, the male-dominated legislative body who silenced Rep. Lisa Brown have not had their wrists slapped, and the jury is still out on how many copies of Vagina: A Biography will sell.
What matters is this:  Pussy is out of hiding.  She is moving front and center on the world’s stage.  She is ready for her close-up, and gaining support and recognition by the minute.
There was a day before Rosa Parks kept her seat on the bus, when no one seemed to notice the abject bigotry that was pervasive throughout our country.  Her brave step, less than 60 years ago, and the steps of so many others led to an awakening that led to the miracle of our first black President.
We are witnessing a global awakening.
Awakenings are messy business.  They produce outrage, unrest, struggle, and conflict.  But, the potential here is unmistakable—it is time for the re-introduction and reconnection of women to their source energy, their sensual fire, their raw creative power. The unmistakable message of Pussy:  You are the creatrix of life—a force of nature in human form.  You are capable, strong, resilient and irresistible.  Pussy, your time has come, and the time is now.

Please comment below:
Has the “Pussy Riot” awakening begun in your life?
If so, how?
Are you noticing new freedom?  New ways of living in your true feminine power?
Or, where could you use an awakening?  Workplace?  Love life?  Family?  Friends?
Where are you noticing that your lid is still on, and you need yourself a “Pussy Riot”?
I look forward to continuing the discussion with you below…

And if this topic revs your engine, you can ignite a Pussy Riot in another woman’s life by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.

With so much love and pleasure,
Mama Gena

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  • Genevieve Parker Hill September 18, 2012, 6:14 am

    The Pussy Riot awakening is happening in my work – my writing – these days. I’m writing more this year than ever, and finding the freedom to say exactly what I think even if I’m worried others will be disappointed or won’t agree. I’m writing screenplays about where women are in the world, and I’m writing nonfiction that is nurturing and giving – my way of adding meaning to the world. I’m traveling in the Middle East, where the status of women is in stark contrast to my home country of the US. I allow myself to feel anger over that and then release it in writing, dance, yoga or meditation. Thanks for doing what you do, Mama Gena!

    • Alay'nya Dancer September 18, 2012, 10:07 am

      Congratulations! HUGE step forward – and by writing, you share your own unique insights and breakthroughs with everyone, and help each of us to evolve more and advance. Many kudos and blessings to you!

    • mama gena September 18, 2012, 1:05 pm

      love it! the freedom to express- even when you fear others might not agree- is the real pussy riot!

  • SG Boxing Babe September 18, 2012, 6:24 am

    Fifty Shades has opened up a whole new world of women who are talking sex out loud as opposed to suppressing it in their heads. My entire hair salon–young and old, married and single–was practically having a book club discussion about it right out in the open! This year is making so many women more comfortable with their sexual prowess/fantasies and I really, really applaud that. :-)

  • KiKi L'Italien September 18, 2012, 6:26 am

    Hell yeah, the pussy awakening has begun in my life, although until I read this blog post I thought it was part of my own revolution/revelation…not one the entire world was going through. But you know, my sisters (my friend S.G. Cyn & S.G. Adele) and I have been on a high as we explore the magnitude of our power and grow while very openly sharing with the world our journey to conquering those limiting beliefs that have held us back for far too long.
    “You’re too fat!” “You’re not pretty enough.” “You’re not a MAN.” – These things have no control over us anymore. We’re done with them. I’m done with them. Thanks for leading the way, Mama! See you in Miami later this year!

  • Dara Cole September 18, 2012, 7:44 am

    Yes! I love how this post connects all the pussy risings as part of a cultural movement that you have been warming the coals for for decades. We are educated, liberated, lubricated and ready. Viva la revolucion!

  • Judi Knight September 18, 2012, 7:51 am

    Well done. This post brings home both how far we’ve come and how frightened some men and yes, some women are to see Pussy out of the closet and women claiming our power, our voices and our sexuality. In some ways, this year has been most frightening. I was stunned to find men, in 2012, trying to limit access to birth control and calling a young woman a slut for wanting it paid for with her health insurance.
    Carry on bringing your message to the world not with a little meow, but with your roar!

  • Robin Amos Kahn September 18, 2012, 8:21 am

    Regena,

    You are such a f-king rock star! I love that you are leading the way and have been on this mission for such a long time, waking us up, sharing your brilliance. Thank you for being so brave, for going against the crowd and speaking the truth. You are one of the leaders on this path and I’m so grateful to be along on this fabulous mission. I, too, am stepping out of my “corner” and heading in to the ring with my truth – which was awakened when I took Mastery in 2008. It changed my life, it continues to change my life and I have to thank you. (As does my Pussy.)

    This truly is a thrilling year – despite the election, the conservative backlash, the wars, I think women are finally waking up to our power, the power of pleasure and sisterhood! I think it’s our time.

    Love you!!

  • SG Bev September 18, 2012, 8:29 am

    I love it! The divine feminine baby! It ignites my soul;)
    Power on!

  • Nadia September 18, 2012, 9:30 am

    Finally! Someone who uses the word vulva! My pussy just sang a little bit to have someone call is what it is!

  • AstroLick September 18, 2012, 9:38 am

    Great blog, Regena! I am so grateful to be a Sister Goddess living in such an exciting time.

  • SG Ditte September 18, 2012, 9:54 am

    Rock on Mama! Being part of the Pleasure Revolution is indeed both a little scary and absolutely fabulously freeing! The changes I’m seeing in my own life are women supporting women. I’m sure I’m allowing my self more trust since Mastery (…and continue to build trust through Creation Course), but my past experience has been one of back stabbing “sisters”! That is where I feel the biggest change is happening! The Pussy revolution is happening globally and is affecting all women! …even the ones not consciously participating! I have found more connecting and support than ever before in my life and I’m wondering/thinking that my changing on a cellular level is reflecting and promoting change in all women.
    I have always been taught and know this to be true in other parts of my life…that “things” can’t stay the same if one person change….and there are more and more of us tuning in to Pussy. Listening and obeying her command or should I say Pleasure!
    Thanks Regena for leading the way! I’m standing for you as well! Rock on!

  • Alay'nya Dancer September 18, 2012, 10:18 am

    Dear Regena –
    This is one of your best blogs yet. I truly love and admire the way that you’ve insightfully brought together these various world events – events that we might see as separate and disparate – and put them in a global context.

    What is perhaps most important is that rather than seeing each of them as a little micro-battle, won or lost (and far too often, seemingly lost), but rather as a outbursting of vital “pussy energy” all across the world.

    You’ve captured this exactly right: “What matters is this: Pussy is out of hiding.”

    Congrats, and keep going!

    many blessings – Alay’nya (author of “Unveiling: The Inner Journey,” a book for women who are asking “what’s next?” in their lives – and which has now received eighteen 5-star Amazon reviews; see http://www.theunveilingjourney.com)

  • Kele September 18, 2012, 10:29 am

    pleasure and passion and power – all what I think of when I read this blog & thank you so much for it – b/c it is such a wonderful summation of indeed what is taking place as women continue to assert their place – a rite-ful place that is still feared – women’s pleasure passion and power are still feared by ourselves and others women and men – & – steadily we nurture within and voila! express in such fabulous ways as you’ve pointed out. how to eliminate fear? continue with ourselves and live it loud proud passionate, full of pleasure and empowerment!!!

  • Lauren September 18, 2012, 10:30 am

    Mama THANK YOU for writing this blog. I wanted to stand up and cheer when I was done reading this. The Pleasure Revolution is all about changing the way women view themselves in the world, and hearing you connect it so eloquently with pussy on a global level and to vocalize the timeliness of this Revolution and this awakening is so refreshing.

    THANK YOU!

    YES YES YES!!!

  • SG Tats September 18, 2012, 10:35 am

    I feel so good hearing this all from you, Regena – you can connect the dots like no one else. Being from Russia, I was so proud of the Pussy Riot group, how Russian society has evolved, despite having Putin as president. I agree. Changes in my life? For one, the conservative firm that I work for now has pink in their logo. That is pretty cool. People are realizing that fun is important. Visually impaired women athletes in the Paralympics decorate their blindfolds with a million sparkles, and their men (guide runners) carry them to the podium. There is a huge awakening, and the more we talk about it, the better it’s going to get! Mastery 2013 is going to be something! I suggest a parade in the streets of New York!

  • BSG Glitzy Cougar Karen September 18, 2012, 11:01 am

    Yep, it’s erupting all over, including the Huffington Post. I submitted this piece (and the one before it) right before I left for San Fran a few weeks ago. The two articles are below:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-fitzgerald/sexual-liberation_b_1844981.html
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-fitzgerald/sex_b_1800835.html

    I didn’t spend a lot of time Facebooking it or Tweeting, so feel free. It’s a fun one, and the first one mentions you Regena, because you, oh, hot fierce seductress, have fought for this for so long.
    I feel like the goddess was all over me in 2008, after my trip to India. After begging the GPS to heal this man/sex thing, I was hit over the head. Three different women in two weeks told me to get to Mama Gena’s. Who the hell is Mama Gena? But never one to deny the nudge, I watched an old video of you talking and I thought, “this woman speaks the truth.” I wrote the check, and four masteries, and four IC’s later, I never looked back. I am Glitzy Cougar Karen…hilarious…with a solo show comedy about my journey there. Lots of goddesses saw it, loved it, and have been nudging me to bring it back. So, I am doing a reading of it as a fundraiser for Sassy’s next play, written by a woman, produced and directed by women, starring women, about this very topic.

    Yes, ladies, “Hot Mama Mahatma” is coming back!
    Sunday, Sept. 3oth, @ 3pm
    Theatre 54 @Shetler Studios
    244 W. 54th Street 12th Floor NYC, NY 10019
    Reading, suggested donation $10

    It is all about pussy, and how mine woke up…and since it is supporting pussy, I hope you will all come. In the meantime, ROCK ON REGENA!

  • Brenda Joy September 18, 2012, 11:55 am

    The irony here is the Pussy Movement … is giving we, the feminine, back OUR BALLS!
    When the feminine harnesses that power … move over lukewarm, vanilla anything!!!

    • mama gena September 18, 2012, 1:08 pm

      balls, brenda joy? how ’bout our OVARIES!!!!
      :-)

      • Rain Mirassou Rawl March 24, 2015, 11:47 am

        Sweet ladies, we need to notice that tits are bigger than balls!
        even little tiny titties are bigger than great big balls.
        We have all of it!

  • Earth Empress September 18, 2012, 12:49 pm

    Does it bother anyone else when ‘vagina’ is used to mean ‘vulva’…? just a pet peeve of mine.
    Another is when you go to buy stockings and the color says ‘nude’- nude for whom? ie we all have different color skins so it feels so blatantly ignorant to suggest the standard nude is caucasion…

    Viva la Vulva!

    The Divine Feminine is rising in power like the full moon.

    And you Regena are a very big star in our beautiful sky letting a world of women know that even if one of us isn’t turned ON the nightsky will not shine as bright.

    Xxo Shakaya Breeze

  • Suzi Banks Baum September 18, 2012, 1:01 pm

    Oh how I LOVE Tuesday mornings when your posts heat us all up. Right now, I am thinking, you are taping your Ricki Lake interview. Oh how brilliant of you to toss this post out to the Universe as you take a seat on national television and let the revolution roll on.
    I am hearing Ru spinning “Let’s Get it Started in Here” and fell chills up my spine because we have gotten this Pussy Party started and thanks to you, Mama and every single Sister Goddess on this planet who passes the flame to every woman she sees…every smile she gives…every hand up that she offers…we are that flame.
    How has it changed my life? How about completely? How about owning and operating my beauty and excellence as a full time Mom who is also an artist, writer and actor? How about getting right with being a Courtesan of the Hearth, and a Midwife to Awakening Creativity? How about starting my first writing workshop for ‘mothers and others’ this Sunday at Simon’s Rock College here in Great Barrington, where I create space for people to listen…as you have taught me and GPS teaches me daily, to stop…breathe….and listen to what rises within me?
    All this made possible by the awakening I experienced in Mastery and Inner Circle and which I continue to experience daily as I use the Arts and Tools of Mastery. The comments above me and all that will follow are inspiring to read and I hope you know, MG, just how much we each appreciate you and all you have created.
    Hope today is a blast and that taping is a huge Pink Party.
    xoxoxox Love, S

  • Deborah Smith September 18, 2012, 1:07 pm

    As so many of the great awakenings in my life, my Pussy Riot came years ago, thanks to my daughter. Every year she was an undergrad at USC she was deeply involved with The Vagina Monologues. I was SO VERY FORTUNATE to be able to be a small part of these productions.
    Thank you Mam Gena for this GREAT blog.

  • SG Juicy Jen September 18, 2012, 2:19 pm

    I love Pussy! This weekend I had the pleasure of a night out with 3 other SGs and it was amazing! Talking freely about Pussy and what she conjures in our lives was nectar for my soul. Pussy is my BFF and I love her and the sweetness she conjures into being.

    xoxo,
    SG Juicy Jen

  • SG Sherrie Huckelberry September 18, 2012, 3:22 pm

    My awakening is in knowing that the spirit of what makes us women is undestructable . We are the fiber that holds everything in balance . The treatment and health of women literally is essential to the servival of life . The currant paradigm must acknowledge and accept this universal truth . It is with the cultivation of vibrant yin energy that all life benefits . Our sense of how we channel this life force is (as so many women are waking up to and embracing) is directly connected to our sexuality , our pussy . No matter what name is given to us in these female bodies or how we choose to create with them , this ever lasting energy already exsist . It is our birthright to acknowledge, embrace, and create our life in the flow of what has been , what is , what will always be .

    • Saray December 24, 2012, 9:33 am

      That’s a lot ofa0 lipa0from a kid rocking thea0Vulcan huacrit and a shirt froma0the Bert and Ernie collection at GAP kids.a0I’d be willing to bet that this kid dreads dodgeball day in gym class.a0

  • Lauren Harkness September 18, 2012, 3:51 pm

    I have the chills Regena! Yes! My pussy is out loud and proud! Pussy on!!!!!!

  • Rose September 18, 2012, 8:01 pm

    Love, love, love this blog! Pussy on, indeed!

  • Osunyoyin September 18, 2012, 9:33 pm

    i have been looking into new ways to destroy my fears. and i swear it is SO exciting!
    i have signed up for 5 pole dancing classes and i paid for them in advance so that i knew for sure that i wouldn’t chicken out. AND i’ve had a full sitdown decor coaching session with a friend in which i encouraged her to stop settling when it comes to her interiors :-) it felt awesome to see her light up!

  • KB September 18, 2012, 9:46 pm

    I want to get my pussy on by wearing the t shirt!! Where can we get one!

    • sloopyonnaharlee September 18, 2012, 9:55 pm

      I got mines at foulmouthshirts dot com

  • SG Laura Marie September 18, 2012, 10:53 pm

    I can’t believe this. I have been wondering and waiting for some affirmation that women are fired up about what we’ve been hearing in the news ( as it is not always polite to discuss political and religious matters especially those that deal with the female body with people outside of the home.) It’s like, wait a minute, did you Sisters not just hear what they said, and what are we going to do about this? And are our husbands, fathers, brothers and sons, really okay with this? Twilight zone? I feel like a caged animal waiting for my chance to spring on the opposition and have my voice and my ancestors voices and my daughters voices heard. Thank you Mama Gena for blogging on the subject.

    • Euphoric Goddess Cheryl September 18, 2012, 11:55 pm

      If you can’t talk about politics, religion or a vulva, what else is there to talk about? The first two are trying to control the third and in my book that is enough reason to break the “rules”. It was uptight controlling bastards that made that “rule” in the first place. We need to be vocal and show women that they need to be talking about these things to set themselves FREE! Yippee!

  • 1111 September 19, 2012, 10:52 pm

    For me, at age 51, it’s more of a self-energizing and self-loving thing. I’ve been single for a few years now, knowing that I simply DO NOT have the energy to concentrate on a relationship while going into menopause! But I try to intentionally heal my body, moods, & mind-states with pussy energy — simply being aware of it, or sneaky Kegels, when out in the world, and self-love at home. I feel it’s part of a really healthy way to re-balance myself, to feel like my foundation is energized and calm. With food, moving, and breathing, all the simple tools we have available to us, we may find a lot of what we felt ‘wrong’ with us is …man-made, and imaginary.

    • 1111 September 19, 2012, 10:54 pm

      (I realize this is more of a personal reply than political sounding, but they ARE the same! If an individual woman can be freed from any particular tyranny of internalized ideas, hey, how cool is that? And the influence spreads, because we share.)

  • nectarNATALIE in LA September 20, 2012, 1:50 am

    MAMA was RoK-n LA @ the Ricky Lake Taping.
    Love’d how you glow’d in a confident ~ charismatic ~ caring ~ sharing way.
    (and … oh so TV proper!!)
    Sharing the principles and reminding me of mama’s simple pleasure~ly ways!
    Thank you for fueling the FLAMES of my D’Sire!!!
    IluvU and your puSSyPearls of wiSdom !!!!

  • Caitlandias September 20, 2012, 4:11 pm

    this year has rocked me in so many ways. i finally am getting it– that my body is beautiful the way it is and that it loves me! I read the Yoga of Eating by Eisenstein and it opened my eyes in so many ways, please read it if you’ve done the vegan, fruitarian, paleo diets and still are searching. It’s all about listening to what your glorious bod and pussy want! And I am finally getting the age old advice: do more of what brings you pleasure and less of what doesn’t. I get it!
    Ya know what brings me a lot of pleasure? These juicy blogs from Mama G and all of you SGs! I can not wait to take a mastery sometime at some point!!!! I have been savoring that one for a loooong time! xox

  • Visionary Bri September 22, 2012, 12:18 am

    There’s a pussy riot going on over here in my little corner, let me tell you! I got diagnosed with Systemic Lupus, but I refuse to let it get me down. I’m spending more time than ever on my creativity and creative projects. I had a baby, I started a blog, and I’m working on a book. My husband is amazed at all I’ve been doing. I feel recharged, energized, rip roarin’ and ready to go. And my husband is enjoying how “ready to go” I am in other areas of the house, as well. Rrrrow!

  • Vulvanica September 26, 2012, 8:39 pm

    Pussy Riot indeed!!!
    The Vulva is the Everything.
    And where did those women get their vulva costumes? Sounds like I have some shopping to do!
    I fan the flames of my smokin’ hot desires because of this school, and because of the Pussy Riot.
    I love to burn with my ecstasy, and inspire other women to do the same.
    YES to the Riot! Long live the Pussy.
    XO
    Vulvi

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