Passionista Femme International focuses on women’s voices and perspectives not echoed in the mainstream media. It’s an emerging platform for empowering, positive cross cultural communication.
Passionista Femme International covers the culture of the heart and the art of culture.
The belief that the diverse expression of human beings is beautiful and that we should seek not only to tolerate or understand each others cultures, but to enjoy them. In this way our genuine selves can emerge and true connection is possible, from which comes stimulating growth and healing.
The topics covered in this blog will be things I find interesting and am passionate about.
Who is This For? ~
For those who value a life of education, pleasure, respect, non violence and believe that empowerment and happiness can be achieved for men and women by drawing from and respecting various cross cultural perspectives as they may be relevant to others.
I’ve spent more than 2/3 of my life living in Australia, arriving from South America. I have retained a Bolivian identity and connection to my home country. I have a mix of Andean and Amazonian, Spanish Sephardic and Catholic influences. A pluralistic cultural identity is my norm.
Migrants in Australia tend to speak in one voice, homogenous. Accents are toned out. Cultural influences are kept in a simplified background and multicultural Australia blends into an ideologically smooth puree. But the reality is far richer bouquet.
Our ethnic presence is shared on the proviso it provides borderline cliche colour, tastes and cheerful sounds at well organised festivals. Beyond this, there is little intercultural intellectual exchange. I’d like to find ways to change and challenge that.
Our “ethnic” one dimensional, politically correct image is not completely true to who we are. Our cultural mentality is kept private, shared only when amongst our own. We’ve learnt how to “pass” and this is essentially the equivalent of faking an orgasm, unsatisfactory.
Our experience of Australia itself is one that rarely matches anything we see depicted in the media. Not only in lack of representation of different nationalities, but in speaking our various perspectives, bringing forward our different and unique energy. Each culture brings a gift in it’s group energy that isn’t being received, and therefore wasted.
We may not be completely invisible, but the vision of who we are is not 20/20.
One Bolivian. One Woman. One Voice ~
The voice that I want to bring forward, starts with my own. At times it whispers, at others it thunders. I’m patient. It takes courage to raise a non Anglo voice in an Anglo dominated world. Its melody is different. Imbued with the hues, temperament and humour of a cultural fusion of indigenous & european spanning centuries if not more.
I am a woman whom whilst fully embracing life in this country, retains a proud sense of her own cultural identity. I am not afraid, nor ashamed to let that be one of the filters through which this current 1st world reality is viewed. I have stopped trying to “pass”. I have stopped trying to pretend I’m a version of an anglo saxon in my mentality.
The 3rd world girl is still very much alive in the 1st world woman I’ve grown into.
Have you ever wondered what a Latin American’s impressions may be on life in Australia? What drives our appetite for life? Where we define our boundaries figuratively speaking?
The motto of this blog is “A world where women’s passions are always in fashion”.
The world of women’s rights, issues & aspirations is at the forefront of my attention.
My solidarity with other women has increased thanks to the solidarity and support many of them extended to me. Women friends from all around the globe have been vital to my healing and learning over the years.
From this experience of female solidarity I’ve become particularly tuned in to ways in which women support each other and the ways we don’t.
In all aspects of life, my intention is to create and extend honest and positive female consciousness. I wish to bring out the beauty, passion, intelligence & dignity that our gender has been bestowed with and which often society denies us. I’m less interested in what is politically correct than what is true experience.
Life should is lived with spark, depth & passion. This is the energy I bring with me to every aspect I engage in. It is the oxygen I was taught to breathe.
I welcome you to this space, Bienvenidos.
Viva la Vida!
Most importantly: Be yourself with confidence and positivity.