On Normalising Non-Conventional Behaviour
I found this quote from a young woman, Gingerbread, who has a website (Breasts Are Healthy) devoted to bare-breast freedom. Gingerbread dares to walk without covering her breast for a good reason. According to Gingerbread:
“The only way to normalize anything is to do it with so much regularity and normality that people stop being afraid of it and start seeing it as conventional behavior. This is my motivation for posting photos and videos of my walks. I want people to see and hear for themselves the reactions (and more importantly the non-reactions) of the public as I walk by.”
There is an important message here for all who have a belief in the value of behaviour that is counter to beliefs held by others who are in a majority situation. It doesn’t matter whether the beliefs are about refugees, the environment, discrimination, or naturism. There is a need to validate one’s beliefs with action. Not walking the talk does more to damage one’s sense of identity than the potential damage to relationships that may or may not occur when one lives authentically. Does one deny self in hopes of pleasing others? Or, does one risk change with the hope of finding peace within?