lokisima

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Soy lokita. Pero trato de esconderlo.

It should be the opposite. We need to let our crazy out.

Because the crazy is what will change things for the better, is what will heal our wounds, and dry our tears.

The crazy is what reassures and what corrects.

We need to be crazy to survive. And we need to survive in order to be crazy for all those crazies who will follow.

A Suelta Manifesto

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Being Suelta is to not be inhibited by man or male counterparts, and to be happy and achieve happiness.

 

To be suelta means to be living outside of the traditional or even established [and/or] redefined sexual identities and ways of living that fall into heteronormative ideals of “happiness”.

 

“Suelta” is not literal nor is it limiting. Sueltas live in a liminal state, one that does not play into the heteronormative roles for women, that which sueltas reject or redefine.

 

Being Suelta is to find your own voice on your own terms. Being Suelta is to live with the everyday contradictions we experience and navigate as best and liberating as possible.

 

To be suelta means to be happy in every choice that you make regarding you and your body, and any relationship you willingly enter.

 

Individuals who try to impose their own views or beliefs onto sueltas are not true allies; sueltas do not need men or imposter sueltas to realize their own full potential. Therefore, Sueltas prefer to use the term womyn since we are not products nor reflections of men.

All Sueltas are Third World womyn from Third World countries; descendants of colonial, sexual, and gendered violence, finding ways to resist and decolonize in our everyday lives.

El Movimiento de las Mujeres Sueltas

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Las Sueltas is an evolving collaboration started by two queer, undocumented, Latina womyn currently living in Chicago. Las Sueltas positions these identities as central to discuss (and critique) politics, histories, cultures, and subcultures that might relate to us. The two main sueltas who will be kicking off this project include Andrea (Suelta Dre) and Arianna (Suelta Bee).

For me, Suelta Dre, Las Suelta was created as a means to cope with repressed experiences, trauma, and instances of sexual violence and of being silenced for speaking out as a direct result of being a woman. Still, I would find it very difficult to speak about my own sexuality, even with others who were open to talking about theirs. I struggled with feelings of unworthiness or even pressure to have to ascribe to one sexual identity or the other. Eventually, the more that I called others sueltas and began conversations with other womyn about their experiences and our shared experiences, it became a tool of empowerment, solidarity, and fortitude: a tool for self-expression that I was able to channel into every other aspect of my life. I often turn to books to be able to articulate feelings and emotions that I go through as a result of coming to terms with my identity, for lack of language. Therefore, it cannot go without saying that Las Sueltas is loosely inspired by Sandra Cisnero’s “Loose Women”, a poem about knowing oneself despite labels and assumptions imposed by others, and being one’s true self, without apologies or explanations.

Very similarly for me, Suelta Bee, Las Sueltas represented a way to deal with the verbal, physical, and sexual violence experience by me and other womyn around me. Las Sueltas not only represented a way to deal but also a space where womyn could share these experiences and build a support system. This space became extremely significant for me because there was now space where I felt listened to and supported by other womyn who understood my experiences since they were similar to their own. Aside from a safe and welcoming space, as Las Sueltas, we queer, undocumented, Latina womyn shared our experiences, advice, and knowledge to help each other find possible solutions for the struggles we were facing and continue to experience. In addition to all these wonderful things that Las Sueltas provided for me, Las Sueltas also gave me a term that I could comfortably claim and use to represent my values and beliefs as a unapologetic and fuerte queer, undocumented, Latina womyn.

We hope others find some purpose, laughter, love, and healing in this blog as well, and that other sueltas may feel inclined to share in this project with us. Feel free to contact us at mujersuelta@gmail.com.

~ Las Sueltas

Music para Sueltas

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To commemorate this day as the day that Las Sueltas took it from the public sphere to the interwebz– I decided to post some inspirational music that makes this suelta shimmy her hips and grab her hairbrush as her mic. Let me explain why:

La Pistolera, “Policia”, gets right to the point– brown, women-identified bodies are continuously targeted and criminalized and then there was this song in response. Luv it!

Then, of course, I have to throw in some KPOP. The “Baddest Female” of KPOP and fierce leader of the group 2NE1, CL breaks it down as to what it means to be a “bad girl” without feeding into all that misogynistic and sexist perspective of “bad girls”. Rather, she goes deeper with lyrics like

“Yeah I’m strong, so ferocious (Yao)
Someone like you could never handle me (uh em)
I don’t know anything like jealousy
Even a psychic couldn’t guess at my heart (Aha)”

Check her out!

CL and M.I.A. should collaborate! They can even compare chains. By the way, who else lives by the motto: “Live fast, die young, bad girls do it well”?

Last, but certainly not least, Rocky Rivera! Not only does she keep it unapologetically real, she brings it back to the everyday hustle and struggle for us sueltas. Hip hop artist/ MC/ Momma/ Independent/ all things wonderful and inspirational~ she discusses some real issues in her music, about topics that hit home, from gender discrimination in the music industry to the decolonial liberation struggle in the Philippines~ all- around fierce womyn of color. Check out GRLZ as well as GRLZ (the remix).

What music do you sueltas listen to?