Not having yet been exposed to Gertrude Stein linguistics, I had my mind blown when, as a teenager, I read the phrase “wholeheartmindbody” in the last line of an early Riot Grrrl manifesto.
I just couldn’t wrap my head around the questions it brought up for me:
Could it be possible to live out of a sense of wholeness?
To be in a world where you would be respected for saying that you felt like we all should be trying to make this a world where we all could have a sense of self and safety?
To be your best self ALL the time without having to accept (or question) a certain amount of compromise because this “chosen” sense of self would not be universally accepted as what it meant to be “female”?
When I was 16, it definitely did not feel possible, but it sure seemed like something worth working toward.
I always knew that it informed the course of my life, but for a long time I didn’t give it much merit.
Through the dialogues that I have shared with my closest friend Sara Marcus for the past few years as she wrote Girls to the Front, I have come to respect this influence a little more, and to feel grateful that it allowed me to own up to making my dreams a reality.
The piece’s title comes from a line in an early Riot Grrrl manifesto: “BECAUSE I believe with my wholeheartmindbody that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can and will change the world for real.” In the same way that the words “wholeheartmindbody” run together, I also wanted the videos to be close together, to represent the idea of being one organism, movement, revolution. “BECAUSE I believe with my wholeheartmindbody that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can and will change the world for real.”
This line always gave me little prickles at the back of my neck.
As I cut these testimonials together, I got the same feeling.
Because now, at 33, I am still struggling to make this my reality every day, as challenges and obstacles become huger and more complex.
It’s only from the passions ignited and mistakes that we learned when we were younger that we can even think of taking on the bigger stuff to really get to that place of wholeness.
To believe from a place of wholeheartmindbody means to acknowledge perpetual evolution and acceptance.
When I watch these videos as a whole united force on the screen , it makes me feel like maybe we are all just a little closer by living and passing along the example.
Cat Tyc 9.19.10