Week 1: February 3 Discussion Board

Feel free to post any reflections about this week’s gathering and resources below.

For folks who weren’t able to attend tonight, I requested that everyone please find a copy of Starhawk’s The Empowerment Manual. We’ll look at this text together once everyone has one, so please do secure a copy at your earliest convenience.

Also, we answered the following questions to start getting to know one another. Feel free to answer them below if you like. What is the story of your name? Who gave it to you? Where does it come from? How do you notice people respond to your name when you introduce yourself?

 

4 thoughts on “Week 1: February 3 Discussion Board

  1. Tyla says:

    Hello! My name is Tyla Jones and the story of my name is a simple one. When my parents were pregnant with me they did not desire to know my sex. But, my mother was convinced that I was going to be a boy and wanted to name me Tyler. She said that I felt “stronger than a girl”, (whatever that means). Surprise! I came out a girl. My uncle looked at me and said that I should be called, Tyla, a feminine sounding Tyler. My family loved the name and felt that it was fitting for me. For as long as I can remember my family always called me “Tyla Flower” for my nickname.

    Growing up I personally had a hard time with my name because it is not common here in the United States, but it is common in England, and everyone thought my name was Tyler when they first met me. People were always confused when I introduced my name and most of the time it was pronounced wrong when being read out loud as well. As I have grown into myself, my love for Tyla has grown as well. I would not want any other name! I love telling people my name because the reactions are always positive. With it being so unique, I am always asked where my name comes from and I love telling that story. I honestly feel like my name makes people smile and it can shine some light in the moment.

  2. Kris says:

    Tyla, thank you for sharing this sweet story of name, naming, and family. “Tyla Flower” — wow, such beauty and tenderness in the power of nicknaming as well. True, your name and namer story are shining a light in this moment and making me smile.

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