Name: Jennifer Martineau
Occupation: Nutritional Therapist, Writer and Freedom Mentor
Tell us about yourself!: I am a reckless kitchen goddess and dorky dancer. I am a single mother and caresser of nature. I am Haitian and American, a biracial, bicultural beauty. I hate shoes and think cutoffs qualify as dressing up. I grew up in the Caribbean and now live in the Northeast of the US because I wanted the rhythm of seasons. I love the flesh and hold suspect those who denigrate it.
What is your definition of what a “wild woman” is?: A wild woman is a person who is most at ease when naked, emotionally and physically. A wild woman knows that she is her body and that there is no need to distinguish the sacred from the profane. It is all raw dialogue with the earth.
How would you describe your life was like before starting your journey of being a wild woman?: I was always trying to minimize myself. Whether it was through dieting and denial of my appetites or ignoring the needs and desires of my flesh or by framing each sentence I spoke with "I think" or "I feel" instead of declaring it simply as truth. There was a mold someone, somewhere had decided was the right one for all of us that I simply didn't naturally fit yet felt so much shame that I didn't. I tried so hard to whittle myself down to squeeze in. Luckily, the wild woman was always part of me, as it is all of us, and her voice, although quiet and shallow at times, was persistent.
What were your biggest insecurities before engaging your inner wild woman?: I just loathed my body entire. I hated its needs. I just felt so...inconvenienced by her. Having breasts and a vagina and softness was such a detriment, such a chore.
What is your life like now that you are actively engaging your inner wild woman?: I walk in freedom. Barefoot, of course. I also speak with authority. I do something each day to honor my flesh. My body is my teacher and my connection to the earth. My body reminds me daily that the world (which is distinct from the earth because the world is our societal creation) is not only not made for it but actively seeks to destroy it. So, loving my body, not as intellectual pursuit or an emotional crush on its aesthetics, is my act of defiance against the domesticator. Truly loving my body and giving it (me) whatever it needs is my rebellion against the tame and my dance of reverence to the wild. It is, of course, a process and I am still far from where I can say I'm truly wild. Because I was born into this society that detests the reminders of our wildness, there are things that my great- great- great- grandmothers understood and did with an ease I will probably never have. I move, though, I move toward the wild woman and find freedom in my "feralization".
What are your five most favorite aspects of yourself as a wild woman?:
1. My body is the only authority I recognize.
2. When I connect to my life as a wild woman, there is no lack. Lack is an illusion of the domesticated.
3. My blood is sacred. It's also just blood, profane, mundane.
4. Dancing. Sweating. Trancing. It's all the same thing.
5. I've found my beauty.
What was the biggest realization, experience, or transformation that most helped you to start unleashing and embracing your wild feminine nature?: Just one? Whew. There are so very many. The one realization that, once fully integrated, had the biggest impact on my journey was understanding, embodying that I am a mammal, an animal and instead of finding that limiting it released me from my imprisonment.
What is your favorite part of expressing your wild feminine nature?: I make stronger what is real and laugh at what is illusion.
When do you feel the wildest?: I feel wildest when I am naked by the ocean and the sun touches me everywhere.
Why did you decide to participate in Wild Women Unveiled.: The work you are doing is so important and I wanted to support it in any way I can.
What is your message to other women out there who are just beginning their journey as a wild woman, or haven’t started yet but feel the call of the wild woman speaking to their soul?: When you start down this path, it is a little bit like going crazy. You will probably be told that by people in your life. You are going very, very sane. There is a growing number of us who are finding freedom in the wildness. You will, too. I can't tell you what that freedom will look like for you or which parts of you will be most healed and I can tell you that you will find freedom and you will be healed. Wildness is nature is beauty is freedom is health is wildness. Living your wildness and sharing it is the kindest shift you can create for yourself, for the earth and for our species. We welcome you.