Why We Need Women to Shimmy & O, O, Ohhhhhh.

Why did Hillary's 2nd debate shimmy and Michelle's speech shimmy send electrifying chills through me and so many other women? Was it the boldness of the movements? The owning of their bodies? Of their “ness?” Of their wants? What is a shimmy, exactly, I wondered? What is one doing when she shimmies? Googling, I found the shimmy has its origins in ragtime dancing, a dance move originating in post-abolition times. It is a movement in which the whole body shakes or sways. A physical expression of one’s self-ownership and desire. Hillary and Michelle’s shimmies resonated with so many women because it touched on the historically imposed silence of women’s wants. Why so many women struggle to iden

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