Hi! We are Women on Psychedelics (WOOP)
Characterizing most societies today, patriarchy refers to the oppression and marginalization that women undergo as women in societies where power is mostly detained by men.
The psychedelic movement - although a movement where people are so “awake” - is no different from that. People of color and women*, although they have disproportionately higher rates of trauma, are still underrepresented in the researching body, amongst participants, and in outward recreational drug culture/the movement for legalization/decriminalization.
Throughout history, women have been society’s healers. The roles of “medicine women” in various civilizations are an example of that. Women’s voices are also a potential means to dismantle unequal distribution of power manifested in a form of high levels of violence, poverty, environmental degradation, and human suffering.
Women On Psychedelics is a volunteer-led educational platform to highlight the voices of women who are experts, enthusiasts, or advocates. We open this space to host more self-reflexive conversations on how intersectionality impacts psychedelic research and subculture and to provide education for those who are looking to learn more about the use of these compounds.
The current psychedelic movement is still very privileged and not everyone has access to these medicines or will when they become legalized. It’s critical we also prioritize social justice work and create safe spaces for marginalized people, women, LGBTQIA+, and survivors of trauma and violence.
Besides that, we hope to push back the narrative that psychedelics have surged from a counterculture movement from the sixties. These compounds are a part of hundreds of years of rituals and healing traditions from indigenous cultures and should be recognized and respected as so.
We believe in psychedelics as tools for women's healing, self-liberation, and empowerment. And we also believe that these tools can also be used to undo “social programming” imposed by the patriarchy.
We are gladly open to contributions from men, as well as members of the LGBTQIA+ community, who share our values and support of our mission/vision.
*women of all racial, cultural, gender identities and sexual orientation including but not limited to QueerLesbianBiTransInter
We recognize that an individual experience of oneness differs from a moral education or action.
We want to mobilize inner healing towards outer action. By working collectively while respecting the journey of each individual, we have greater power to create a new world.
We practice Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a communication framework focusing on three aspects of communication – empathy, self-empathy, and honest self-expression.
We envision a world of gender equality where women have their voices fully heard and respected. We envision that the values of the Psychedelic Movement represent the values of gender, race, and other marginalized communities because those can benefit from it the most. We are working together to establish WOOP as a platform that encourages dialogue, provides education, diversity, and inclusivity for all, and by all means.
Our mission is to advocate for women’s rights and choices while bringing them to work together towards the end of the stigmatization around women and drugs and the normalization of the use of psychedelics for its therapeutical potential and healing capacities.
*Women On Psychedelics does NOT promote, encourage, or condone any type of illegal activities and is completely based on voluntary participation.