Episode 32: We Got Schooled on Feminism (in a good way) with Dana Suchow  from @dothehotpants

Welcome to a conversation that is jam packed with honesty, vulnerability, empowerment, and a strong reminder that there is always work to be done, lessons to be learned, and new ways of thinking to be embraced.

In today’s episode, we sit down with Dana (aka @dothehotpants) and learn about her powerful journey to becoming an activist, writer, and event producer. We take it back to when she first got started as a fashion blogger and why this world wasn’t serving her, think all too familiar things like….. an eating disorder, a false sense of worthiness from social media, and an industry that continually told her (and all of us) to keep reaching for an unattainable body.

This left Dana with two options, continue fueling the beauty industry that convinces us to buy more, diet more, and photoshop our images more, or share her truths and begin to dare to change.

….. pssstttt, she chose the latter!

It was in this moment that Dana’s message went “viral”, empowering her to shift gears and focus on those who need a voice, while creating a safeish space (we love this term) for women to share their stories, release internal and external shame, and accept and love themselves as they are, with no strings or judgements attached.

Essentially, this a conversation for women, had by women, to help women!

But before you hit that play button, we want to share our personal thoughts on today’s conversation.

Listen ladies, there are moments throughout this episode that left us uncomfortable, because our current beliefs/thoughts were challenged…. and while it’s hard to endure discomfort, we believe it’s not only a good thing, but a necessary thing if want to be leaders and teachers for others.

So, be prepared to hear the discomfort in certain moments and know that we walked away more aware, more knowledgeable, and more motivated to continue walking this path of living our truth and daring to change.

And the best part, we know you will walk away feeling the same way too!

Now hit that play button and come listen in.

Learn about Dana:

Dana “Hotpants” Suchow is a Speaker, Activist, and Event Producer. Since overcoming bulimia and compulsive exercising that resulted in permanent injuries, she has become a champion for women’s rights, eating disorder issues, and body positivity. Dana founded Do The Hotpants in 2012 as a fashion blog, but once she realized that fashion’s unattainable beauty standards were fueling her eating disorder, she switched gears. In 2014 Dana gave up her dream of becoming a famous fashion blogger, and has since made it her mission to use her own life experiences to educate, empower, and uplift anyone struggling with bad body image. Dana now leads workshops and curates feminist events that support all self-identifying women and focus on the importance of female safe spaces.

In 2016, Dana founded The Ripple, a women’s collective in NYC with a mission of empowering women to make waves in their communities. The Ripple hosts and sponsors major events designed to create lasting change by rippling out ideas through the use of workshops, TED-style discussions, field trips, and movie screenings.

Where to Find Dana:

Mentioned in this Episode:

  •  Being in the fashion world was triggering to my eating disorder, triggering to my low self-esteem. I was comparing myself to bodies that were completely unattainable to my body type.
  • Once you talk about something, it’s no longer in the dark, it’s no longer a secret that only you know about, and then you either have to face it or it goes away because there’s no shame attached to it anymore.
  • To take on the pain of the someone else, we first have to be allowed to release our own pain.
  • At the end of the day, we live in a world that’s trying to make us feel like shit to buy stuff, so if you don’t feel like shit every once in a while, I’m very surprised.
  • A conversation on having difficult conversations in spaces that aren’t safe for Muslim women, a participant said, “Don’t delete your racist Uncle on Facebook, don’t shut off when you’re having an argument, instead lead with empathy, ripple out the ideas to an audience that we can’t reach.”
  • I don’t know how to do what I do, I’m still figuring it out, still learning, every week I change here and there, pick up something new, or I go “oooph” that was a mistake, I’m not doing to do that again.
  • I firmly believe there are no good or bad foods, food has no moral standing. If someone wants to drink a Coca Cola, that’s their prerogative, it’s their body.
  • We have people dying because they are afraid to put on weight, we have people dying and getting malnourished because people are terrified of being fat, that is unhealthy, that is toxic, that is what we need to be focusing on, not the food people are putting in their mouths, but the way that certain people who are putting certain foods in their mouth are being treated.
  • At the end of the day, we live in a world that hates women, so if we need to put our faces back on and adhere to society’s beauty standards before stepping outside, then that’s what we need to do feel safe.
  • For anyone who wants to start speaking up, know you’re going to make a mistake, you’ll never be woke enough or the smartest person, you need to forgive yourself because as long as you’re doing the best you can, then that has to be good enough.
  • How to be an Ally to Black Women – event details
  • Makeup Removal Parties

Connect With Us (#TAD):

Truth + Dare: truthanddaremovement
Allie: thejourneyjunkie
Carly: carlbott


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