As a Women’s Studies Major, Bodylore is intertwined with my field of study. As I study gender, human rights, ethics and various other topics within Women’s Studies, I know that the body is often a key point to understanding these topics. Bodies are gendered. Even before birth, expecting parents plan out gendered names, room decor, clothing styles, toys and more based on the gender they believe their child will identify as. This is not to say that this is wrong but it is something to note when discussing how early gender impacts our lives. Human Rights movements deal with aspects of the body like Women’s Rights affecting primarily female bodies and Civil Rights affecting primarily African American or Black bodies. A Women’s Studies major will often discuss power and oppression as well. Bodylore can also help us learn more about this by researching things like reinforced body language like girls being taught to cross their legs for purity and take up as little space as possible even at the expense of their comfort. Boys are not often taught this and it has become socially acceptable to take up more space as a male as a form of dominance or asserting their presence. Basically, to not study any form of Bodylore within this field would be to do yourself a disservice but neglecting a study that could only further your understanding of Human Rights.

Finding a student in the Women’s Studies department who hasn’t taken a look at some aspect of the body would be as impossible as finding a logical reason to build a wall at the Mexican border. Yeah I had to throw that in there. The only reason I could imagine someone not taking Bodylore methodology seriously is if they had no interest in public policy, human rights, or cultural and self expression. However, since my focus is to invite those who are already within my field of interest to partake in this academic research, I see very little, if any, argument for  not doing so.When it is time to expand outside of our field to engage and teach others about the research we have done, having studied bodylore will help us to better communicate and connect information with the people receiving it.

Now as a nail technician, it may be a little harder to convince other nail techs to study Bodylore, at least in an academic setting. One of the reasons for this is that not all nail techs will have interest in pursuing school outside of extended nail related courses. Still, understanding Bodylore as a nail tech can improve your communication skills with clients and expand your artistry. Nail service are not limited to only one ethnic group so understanding cultural expression could help a nail tech accommodation any wants or needs their client may have in regards to nail treatments and designs. It’s also very welcoming to those who don’t identity as female to have a nail tech servicing them who has some form of gender studies especially in regards to bodylore. For myself, there’s no better feeling that providing amazing service and knowing that my client was completely satisfied with not only their nail work but also how I treated and respected them as a person. Having a background in this research could be the critical point to whether or not you will establish a trusting and fulfilling client relationship which in turn creates a prospering business.

Tee-Tee is a senior in her last semester here at ODU. She’s super creative which can lead to her zoning out and creating different scenarios or ideas that may or may not actually come true. She’s super passionate about equal rights especially for the black community. She has no problem speaking her mind but she genuinely loves helping others in any positive way that she can. She loves decorating her body with tattoos, nail art (especially since she’s a nail tech), and changing her hairstyles as often as she can as a form of self expression.