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I recently read an article by B. Lowe entitled An End to Self Care. Then I read the following response, Privilege, reparations, and communities of care by Caroline Picker. I’m interested to hear your thoughts.
Thank you for posting these two articles. I know I have often heard that change must first happen within and that one must love and know themselves before they can effectively reach out and make change around them. There’s a prevalent attitude that goes something like “if I can’t take care of myself, how can I take care of someone else?” I definitely agree with Picker though that some level of self-care is necessary. I think the definition of self-care needs to be expanded and hope people recognize that care for self can be an offspring of care for and investment in community. The first article does a good job of linking personal issues with larger social and structural trends that effect vast numbers of people in similar ways. I also think both authors brought up legitimate points about the tie between practicing self care and socio-economic status. That’s something that I hadn’t considered much up to this point was how my status as a white upper middleclass female might allow me more freedom and leisure time to indulge myself in so many ‘self-care’ practices.
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