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|All Praise the Women of Menopause
All Praise the Women of Menopause
By Sharon Mesmer
For some women, menopause is no big deal. Some say they barely notice it. My mother, long ago, described her menopause this way: "My periods just started gettin' lighter and lighter, and my harmones settled down, and then one day ... pffft! It was over."
Not me. Not only did menopause change my life, it changed me.
Before I was laid low by hot flashes and panic-inducing adrenaline rushes, the constant oscillation between morbid sadness and killer rage, I'd prided myself on being fearless. I'd kicked undercover cops in the groin, screamed obscenities at the masochistic nuns at my Catholic school, threw a chair at my abusive fiancé's head while Allen Ginsberg read poetry in a room below.
And suddenly, I was a person to whom sitting quietly with hands folded, ideally in a dark room with the shades drawn and maybe "The Lawrence Welk Show" playing low on an old TV, seemed like the best plan ever.
I wish I'd been better prepared. I wish I'd properly celebrated the last time I'd canceled plans to spend all morning soaking in a lavender-scented bathtub with a bottle of Advil. I wish I'd noted down the date when I'd dug that last extra tampon out of the bottom of my purse and thrown it away. I should have marked the event in some way, maybe even performed a personal rite-of-passage ritual: taken that tampon out to the woods, placed it upon an altar that I'd fashioned out of ancient, glacial rocks, and set it ablaze while I chanted an invocation to whoever the crone-goddess of menopause is.
I am now well-acquainted with that crone-godddess.
It's possible that I have the World's Worst Menopause. But how to quantify with hard data hot flashes that make me feel like I'm staring into the mouth of an active volcano or the engine of a coal-burning locomotive on the hottest day in history? To what previous record could I compare panic-inducing adrenaline rushes that occur every hour o
n the hour and, while I'm teaching, inspire concerned students to ask if I'm having a heart attack? When I hear women use cutesy nicknames like "power surges" I want to rip their throats out.
If you are one of those women for whom the transition from periods to no periods was like the transition from walking to sitting down - congratulations. Everybody else - you are my tribe. And I've come to believe that our tribe needs a ritual.
I've heard menopause described as a second puberty. There are plenty of rite-of-passage rituals for girls as they begin and complete puberty. There's the
Bat mitzvah, the
Quinceañera and the Sweet 16. I've read about a beautiful Apache ceremony called
Na'ii'ees, which takes place the summer after a girl has her first period, at sunrise, and commemorates the story of Esdzanadehe, the First Woman. As it was originally performed, a girl, covered with a golden mixture of cornmeal and clay, becomes imbued with the power of the First Woman, and receives the ability to heal and bring blessings to her community.
I didn't have a Sweet 16 or a
Bat mitzvah. But I did have a First Holy Communion, which supposedly marked my ascent to the age of reason, as a seven-year-old. As rituals go, it was a good one.
First, there was the buying of the white dress, white fake fur jacket and white shoes. I clearly recall my mother and I marching up and down Ashland Avenue, the main shopping street in our south side Chicago neighborhood, in search of something that I would actually deign to wear. It couldn't be too ornate, according to Sister Eleanor, the principal of St. John of God grammar school, but according to me it had to be really, really pretty. (Twelve years ago I actually found the dress as I was cleaning out my mom's house, and it really was pretty: sateen with sheer puffy sleeves and seed pearls all over the bodice.) As we shopped around, we'd run into other girls and their mothers doing the same thing. Seeing them and comparing notes - "Goldblatts ain't got nothin' good no more" "I heard they're gougin' everybody over by 63rd" - heightened the feeling of the ceremony's importance.
As we turned a corner, I could, for the first time, hear the booming sounds of the church organ and the choir. I remember thinking right then that that was a magic moment: all of us walking toward the thunderous organ playing just for us while the choir of adults sang us in to the tune of a hymn called "This Is My Body."
A group of teenage boys stood with their arms folded, watching us; a young mother crouched down, put her arm around her little boy, and pointed; an old man doffed his cap. As we walked up the steps of the church, the nuns, like security at a rock concert, waved back the mothers with flowers and dads with cameras. It felt like we were the Beatles.
Now I wonder: why is that we're lauded and celebrated when we've only just embarked on the journey? Why do we stop marking, ritually, the accomplishments along the way? The hurdles that women routinely overcome?
I think all of us who are going through menopause should gather together, and then two-by-two make a pious procession through streets clogged with our living loved ones and long-dead parents and grandparents (resurrected just for us and calling our names). Whoever we are, whether svelte and wafting Chanel, or pouchy with pendulous breasts, I want us to be made much of, cheered, lauded, recognized. I want our procession to be led by a bunch of men our age with beer guts pushing their shirt buttons apart, shouldering a statue of whoever our appropriate goddess is - possibly Tonantzin, the Aztec Earth Mother, or maybe Hillary Clinton.
I want us to be sung to by a choir as we march into a secular temple, possibly some combination of the old Fillmore and the Society for Ethical Culture. Once inside, we gather in a circle around a huge ring of fire and, at an appropriate moment, accompanied by chanting, we toss into the flames that unused old tampon that we've been carrying around for five years. As we do, the fire changes from red to pure white, tongues of it leap into our hearts, and we receive the ability to heal and bring blessings to our community.
And there's a party afterward that lasts four days, with enough ice-cold drinks, Ativan, and L'Occitane Verbena Refreshing Towelettes (chilling in hundreds of tiny personal refrigerators), for us all.
This article first appeared in the NY Times online on 2/11/16, and in the Sunday Review print edition 2/14/16
It was widely read and commented upon. Anne Klaeson, Leader of the Ethical Culture Society in New York contacted Sharon to tell her how much she liked the idea of a menopausal ritual, and then proposed to present one at the Ethical Culture society. Susan told Anne that Mama Donna Henes, the Queen of Her Self, simply must lead the ritual! And so the idea for a wonderful evening of empowerment was born. Scroll down for all the invitation.
|Becoming the Queen of Your Self
Kicking & raging against aging?
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Becoming the Queen of Your Self
An Evening of Empowerment
Anne Klaeysen, Ethical Culture Leader
Sharon Mesmer, Poet
Laurie Hefner, Healer
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with Queen Mama Donna Henes,
The Queen of My Self:
Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife
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NY Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street @ Central Park West
"At her first bleed a woman meets her power.
During her bleeding years she practices it.
At menopause she BECOMES it."
Native American saying
During this event we will work with the power that menopause grants - especially for those suffering through it! - by coming together to acknowledge our undeniable global presence, to do a meditation, to share our stories and to participate in a powerful SOVEREIGNTY CROWNING CEREMONY
The French have a marvelous saying:
"When a woman loses her blood, she gains her voice."
The New York Subways sport this sign:
"If you see something, say something"
Queens speak up and say what needs to be said
in defense of what they know is right and worthy
and in the best interest of women and society as a whole.
A Queen has got to say what She has got to say!
Last month, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a law
imposing new limitations on abortion. It requires miscarried fetuses, as well as aborted fetuses, to be "interred or cremated
by a facility having possession of the remains," regardless of the age of the fetus.
"Fertilized eggs can be expelled during a woman's period without a woman even knowing that she might have had the potential blastocyst in her. Therefore, any period could potentially be a miscarriage without knowledge. I would certainly hate for any of my fellow Hoosier women to be at risk of penalty if they do not 'properly dispose' of this or report it. Just to cover our bases, perhaps we should make sure to contact Governor Pence's office to report our periods. We wouldn't want him thinking that THOUSANDS OF HOOSIER WOMEN A DAY are trying to hide anything, would we?"
She invited women to call and tweet Pence's office to talk about their periods. "Let's make our bodies Mike's business for real, if this is how he wants it." And since then, women have been sending Pence a lot of messages - about their menstrual flow, and their cramps,and their birth control, and their tampon discomfort,
and their bloating, and their menopause!
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Letters In Response to the MARCH 2016 Issue
Thank you so much for introducing the world Women's Power website in your newsletter. Your step of introducing active women of the world is positive and a help to encourage the women to stand for the rights in the world. Best wishes,
- Farah, Iran and Austria
Letters in response to the MAY 2016 Issue:
Hail Oh great Queen of Love and Truth!! This is so great:
"A general congress of women without limits of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consider with its objects to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace." What a powerful message - oh but I do pray that we are able to gather this group of women and do count me in!!Really loved your newsletter today and identified with the Cindy Sheehan article among others! Felt I would share these old memories with you (now 11 years ago) it seems like just yesterday .Love,
I'm reading the Mother's Day declaration to my boys when I next see them. We didn't have a chance to celebrate, so this will kick it off. Thanks also for tipping me.
- Terese, NY
The world needs more women like you and the ones you write about. Thank you for all you do. With much love and peace in my heart. Namaste.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your enews and writing, as always, Mama Donna! I ordered your book today too!!
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Tandava, NY;Diane Torr, Scotland;
on their performances and/or performances of their work.
Emma Amos, , NY; Suzanne Benton, CT; Lauren Curtis, NJ; LuLu LoLo, NY; Yoko Ono, NY; Robin Tewes, NY; Martha Wilson, NY
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And we are glad to so. It is a joy and a privilege to share in the fortune of another woman. I recently heard Oprah say the saddest thing ever - "The hardest thing about being successful is having someone to be glad for you."
It takes a centered and confident Queen to break that pattern. There are 60 million thrones out there. One for each of us. There is plenty of purpose, passion and power for us all. May we use it well!
Please Offer Your Purest Thoughts, Your Heart-Felt Prayers, Your Great Good Feelings, And Your Very Best Blessings For Healing and Peace of Mind To:
Adrianne, NY; Alison, TN; Amy, NY; Babs, NY; Barbara, NJ; Bebee, DE; Berenice, NY; Bettye, NY; Betty, AL; Chrissie, NY; Christine, NY; Dana, FL; Dawn, CA; Diane, NY; Dolly, NY; Dominique, NM; Donna, NY; Dorothy, CA; Gail, WA; Jo, AZ; Gerry, VT; Joan, ME; Joan, NY; Judi, FL; Karen, NJ; Kathleen, PA; Kathrine, Denmark; Kaylin, MD; Kazuko, NY; Kim, NY; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Laurie, OH; Linda, FL; Linda, SC; Lisa, NJ; Lorie, KY; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Margi, NY; Mari, VA; Margi, NY; Marna, NY; Marsha, NY; Mary, MD; Mary, NY; Mary, OH; Mary, CO; Nancy, NY; Nancy, NC; Nona, LA; Pat, MA; Patsy, NY; Paula, NT; Pearl, NY; Reynolds, NY; Roberta, NY; Sally, NY; Sandy, CA; Sharon, NY; Shelley, NY; Sheriden, MA; Shirley, IN; Sherli, CA; Sid, PA; Sue, CA; Susan, NC; Susan, NY; Terese, NY; Terri, FL; Urvashi, NY; Vicki, MN; Weslea, ME; and
who are in the process of healing themselves from illness, accident, injury, or surgery.
Amy, NY; D. Barbara, NY; Beverly, NY; Carol, NY; Diana, FL; Joanne, NY; Kimberly, NY; Kyia, MN; Linda, NY; Linda, NY; Maureen, NY; Meryl, NY; Beedee, NY; Patricia, Australia; Regi, CA; Sheryll, CA; Susan, NY; and
who would benefit greatly from some spiritual support.
Deni, NY; Erica, New Zealand; Gaetana, NY; Hemetra, PA; Janet, CT; Kat, NY; Kate, NY;k; Laurie, OH; Lois, NY; Marla, NY; Mary, CO; Marya, NY; Nancy, NC;
e caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.
May Their Spirits Rest in Peace
Meredith Lee Armstrong, WA
Sheila Connolly, WI
Jo Cox, England
Marlis Klein, BC, Canada
Dr. Brigitte Mengelberg, WA
Sandra Moran, KS
Patricia Grace Smith, DC
Marilyn Wood, NM
Jen Wright, MN
With Heart Felt Condolences
Carol Ball, MN
Alfie Garcia, NY
Norma Joyce, WA
Cheryl Pletcher, KS
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