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In addition to being a Black Woman, I’m also a Muslim, and that makes the journey to self-love much more complicated. Just as in any organized religion, little Muslim girls grow into adulthood being taught to completely ignore our sexuality. Keep it a secret, as if it doesn’t exist. We’re encouraged to stay quiet about it, and it remains taboo until marriage. Sometimes even after. I took it upon myself to learn about my body, its functions, and how that relates to femininity. I feel this conversation should start long before marriage, to encourage self-awareness and help one move into those beginning stages of loving oneself.
Having to hush parts of yourself can create shame, insecurity, and dissolution of confidence. It doesn’t matter if the feelings come from societal pressures, the media’s beauty standards, social constructs, religion, or family—the feeling of not measuring up, accompanied by being discouraged from expressing femininity and self-awareness, makes the path to self-love more complex than it needs to be.
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