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My Key Takeaways from Mama Gena’s Book Pussy: A Reclamation

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How do you see desire: as a challenge or an opportunity? If you chose the first option, you definitely believe your desires aren’t within reach. But don’t worry, that isn’t your fault. Living in a masculine culture as a feminine person means pushing your instincts deep down. So much so you don’t even recognize them. This unfortunately conditions us to feel anger and shame towards our desires, which only pushes us away from our power even more. But have no fear, because there are magnificent women leading a rebellion to honor our womanly desires.

“When you look at your desires, are you looking at them, feeling ashamed, feeling like you need to hide them, feeling like you’re not good enough to achieve them, feeling like if you go for those desires, then someone’s gonna be negative, or are you looking at it as you know what the world requires?” – Emily Williams

In case you missed it, I had the magnetic Mama Gena on the IHML Show to discuss how to take your pleasure seriously. Her New York Times best-selling novel, Pussy: A Reclamation, speaks volumes about the importance of desires to our wellbeing. Not only for ourselves, but for other people as well! I felt called to share my essential takeaways from this book that have not only influenced my life but many others, too. 

Pussy is a much needed reminder that we women are worthy of all we desire. More importantly, we shouldn’t feel discouraged by the challenges of experiencing them. Embracing our desire means discovering our creativity, wealth, and knowledge. Mama Gena loves to remind us that the feminine force is responsible for desire, but the masculine takes responsibility in maintaining it. This power struggle is what pressures women to second-guess their power, and all the ways they can express it.

Let this podcast episode be the inspirational pep talk you need to rediscover what desire means to you. It’s well within your right to experience the beauty of desire, and all the transformation that comes from it!

In This Episode:

  • Emily shares her biggest learnings from Mama Gena’s book, Pussy: A Reclaimation.
  • What makes a woman a legend? Listen to find out.
  • Why your wants and needs matter most to you— and the rest of the world.
  • Emily shares her life mantras inspired by Mama Gena and Raymond Holliwell.
  • How you can rewire your mind to trust your desires (and strengthen your instincts).
  • The exercises that Mama Gena believes can help us discover our deepest desires.
  • If you struggle to see your desires as reality, tune into what Mama Gena’s book says.
  • Why everything leading you to your desires is just as important.
  • The ultimate sacrifice to get what we want most in this world…
  • Do you know the most important part of a woman’s journey? 
  • The one (of many) definitions of fabulous— and why each woman is capable of it.
  • How listening to your inner child can transform your life!
  • Emily shares Mama Gena’s legendary dress story to remind us all we deserve to make our dreams a reality.

Quotes:

“Every woman’s legend must be lived in order to feed the evolution of the world. We will never live our legend if we follow someone else’s script or someone else’s roadmap, listening to and living our desires if they were a roadmap to our truth is the way we women live.” – Emily Williams (quoting Mama Gena’s book Pussy: A Reclamation)

“We are all impacted, influenced, and shaped for the better by the radiant power of a woman’s desire.” – Emily Williams (quoting Mama Gena’s book Pussy: A Reclamation)

“When you look at your desires, are you looking at them, feeling ashamed, feeling like you need to hide them, feeling like you’re not good enough to achieve them, feeling like if you go for those desires, then someone’s gonna be negative, or are you looking at it as you know what the world requires?” – Emily Williams

“True desire represents the urge of life, seeking a fuller expression and is kept alive by the continuous expectation of its fulfillment.” – Emily Williams (quoting Raymond Holliwell quoted by Mama Gena)

“I’d love for you to think about a time when you actually followed a crazy desire, but it ended up working in your favor. We all have stories like that.” – Emily Williams

“I believe the word ‘desire’ is much stronger than the word ‘want’.” – Emily Williams

“Feeling turned on at the thought of a desire sends an energetic vortex of attraction out into the world.” – Emily Williams, quoting Mama Gena

“We [women] are designed to rupture in order to continually shed the skin that no longer fits us.” – Mama Gena as quoted by Emily Williams

“The problem is that we women are so deeply wounded by the masculine culture in which we’ve been raised.” – Emily Williams (quoting Pussy: A Reclamation)

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Mama Gena’s book Pussy: A Reclamation

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