the wild woman
My blog persona comes in part from the ideas of Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and her seminal, enticingly-named book:
Women Who Run With the Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman.
Estes is a Jungian Psychoanalyst who argues that women’s wild natures have been repressed over centuries, to our detriment. She uses a range of folk tales to teach us how we can reclaim our feminine power, confidence and intuition. Wild Swimming puts me in touch with my Wild Woman, and gives me the freedom to think and feel unchained as I swim.
As an antidote, I can also recommend the book I bought for my Mother, a life-long owner and lover of Standard Poodles:
Women Who Run With the Poodles: Myths and Tips for Honoring Your Mood Swings by Barbara Graham.