What's Your Word — personal story

What's Your Word - P*ssy

Posted by Marissa Southards on

Of all the participants in The Awakenings Project, few have left indelible marks on the project by their sheer presence and will. One of those fearsome women is, Jennifer McCoy.  After hearing about the Awakenings Project through social media invite via her friend and Awakenings Project creator, Marissa Southards,  Jennifer, affectionately known in certain circles as just “McCoy”, sat for the initial cycle of The Awakenings Project, AI. Her word? Pussy.  Yes, PUSSY.     In eloquence that only McCoy can give, hear her reason for why she chose such a provocative and evocative word:  “My word was “pussy”. I...

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What's Your Word - Survivor

Posted by Marissa Southards on

I had the honor of photographing Laurie in December 2016, as part of Awakenings I.  When she first chose her word, I knew immediately, it was truly one that she had not only earned, but also honored.  Having known Laurie for several years in my activist life, I also came to adore Laurie as a dear friend as well.  Coming to learn her story and the things she’s come through in her life, as a child, as a wife, as a mother, and as a woman – I’ve only come to respect her more. M.   Hearing about the Awakenings...

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