Girl Code – Menstruating Youth Empowerment (9-12 y.o.)
March 29 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This drop off workshop, facilitated by Samantha Huggins and Mary Bronstein and a first of its kind, is a safe, supportive, yet radical space in which preadolescents and young adolescents will come together to learn about their bodies, sexuality and menstruation. Much different than the puberty and sex education given in schools and in opposition to the messages our menstruating youth receive about sex and their bodies from popular media, we empower our youth to think about their bodies with true ownership, expertise and wondrous curiosity. This workshop will specifically educate them on the mechanics and meaning of menstruation while actively working against the mainstream shame, fear and avoidance of this important biological process. We will also be discussing body changes in both female and male bodied people during puberty with a special attention to bodily pride, power and agency. The feelings of sexual awakenings covering all preferences, sex and birth control will also be discussed in depth. The tone of this workshop will be honest, frank, sensitive and supportive and the material involved will be tailored to be developmentally appropriate for people on the verge of adolescence who are or will be able to menstruate. The goal of this workshop is to have our young emerge with real knowledge about their bodies and it’s sensations so that they may have the tools to deal with false messages, meanings and unwanted actions the world may try to place on them. It will be a fun, safe and inspiring space in which to deal with the subjects it is often hardest for pre/adolescents to freely discuss.
This class is for and open to ALL gender identities who will be able to or has begun to menstruate.
Mary Bronstein is an educator, rogue feminist scholar and mother living in South Williamsburg. She holds master degrees from Bank Street College (child life) of Education and Teachers College/Columbia University (applied child psychology) as well as an advanced graduate certificate in gender & women’s studies from Western Kentucky University. Mary is the co-founder and co-director of the progressive preschool The Playschool and the founder and co-leader of Urban Girl Scouts, a radical feminist scouting program for Brooklyn girls. She also publishes feminist scholarship for presses such as Lexington, MacFarland and Demeter.
Samantha Huggins is a birth doula, reproductive and female bodied health advocate, lactation counselor, childbirth educator and mother living in North Brooklyn. She is the co-founder and co-director of Carriage House Birth, co-leader of Urban Girl Scouts, a radical feminist scouting program for Brooklyn girls, doula trainer, mentor and holds workshops on boundary setting. Samantha is deeply immersed in our growing community and is working everyday towards empowering families to parent with confidence. It is deeply important to her to bring this level of support and confidence to our youth by helping them to prepare for maturity with a deep understanding of self, respect and the tools to deal with the unrealistic pressures of modern living in the modern world.
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