Feminista Encuentro pt 2. Hyping each other up as a means of empowerment. By Jenesis García

Hyping each other is a colloquial and culture term that means empowering each other when we take pictures. The way that looks like is when someone is taking a picture and we all help to raise her self esteem. As a collective we are all telling her she looks beautiful. We do this through phrases like YES QUEEN!!

Once we had finished the discussion with the feminist hip- hop artists we organically transitioned to taking pictures of each other. My heart felt joy as we were doing this. It was a praxis of being there for one another. And destroying the patriarchy. Yes, sounds wild. Although this is true because many of us women are defying western standards of beauty through being confident for the wholeness that we are. We have been fragmented and made guilty for being a women.

Hyping each other up is an expression of being there for one another. Which also breathes the same air as Buen Vivir, Sumak Kawsay. Hyping each other up is also an expression, in the same way that the feminist hip- hop artists use rap as an avenue of liberation.

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