This has been on my mind for some time. There are a lot of negative stereotypes of how a woman should be with her appearance and when it comes to sexuality it gets weirder. Through working at Embody I have been lucky enough to meet women of different ages 20s, 30′s, 40′s, 50′s and at different stages in thier identity and sexuality. I am learning that every woman has her own insecurities and concerns. Teaching burlesque has been a wonderful experience for me because it has brought me close to women on a personal and emotional level. I overhead Michelle V the other day saying she was trying to find more of the “yin and yang” in herself and it struck a chord within me. I feel that for many women burlesque can be a way to exercise that yin and yang. Society tells us that a sexually aware and assertive woman is negative, god forbid a woman is trampy if she wants to wear a short skirt and high heels, on the other hand god forbid if that woman doesn’t want too…then she is a prude and boring. Meeting all these different women has shed light that there is a yin and yang inside each of us and that finding and defining our own inner balance as a woman, without letting society make us feel guilty or ashamed for our choice to either play the prude or the tramp is the ultimate reward….because truly I believe between both broad ends of that spectrum you find a happy medium and truly balanced woman….and I have seen the proof of that here at Embody.