Dora says, “My body is not your battleground!”

Dora: A Headcase, by Lidia Yuknavitch

Today marks the launch of Lidia Yuknavitch‘s new novel, Dora: a Headcase, the follow-up to her much-lauded memoir The Chronology of Water. To celebrate the launch, Lidia has decided to promote body image awareness and women’s rights issues through a viral photo campaign on her Facebook page. Here’s the explanation in her own words:

the game is based on my character Dora, who is a punk rebel bad ass. so i asked myself, what would Dora do?

if you agree to play with me, DO THIS: on August 1, by midnight, say, post a facehooker picture of yourself in your bra with a sign in front of your face that reads: “MY BODY IS NOT YOUR BATTLEGROUND. Love Dora and the Daughters of Eve.” preferably with your bra showing pretty good and your face obscured.

i’m going to come up with about 5 “games” like this to do on facehooker and elsewhere leading up to september”

Check it out http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dora-A-Headcase/149190565202239

In lieu of a photo blog today, I’ll simply direct you to Lidia’s Facebook page and let you browse the beautiful variety of women’s freedom of expression.

But! This is not just a women’s issue. This is a human issue, and men are joining the movement, too. Including me. So (bravery moment), here’s my contribution to today’s campaign:

Sorry, ladies, I’m already taken — in fact, today is the 11th anniversary of the day I married my wife. You can look, but Jennifer says you can’t touch! 🙂

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

4 thoughts on “Dora says, “My body is not your battleground!”

    1. I prefer to think of it as the Eye of Ra — the father, rather than the son — but it’s a silly distinction for me to make. It’s an udjat either way. 🙂

      I want to get the Tibetan/Nepalese “eyes of Buddha” next, probably in similar colors.

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