I'm a loud and proud hedonist. Here's why you should be too… #Identity#identity#self esteem#self improvement June 26 | Guest post by Minerva Siegel Hedonist necklace by etsy seller LittleMortJewels Hedonism, by definition, is the pursuit of satisfying pleasures as a rule. Treating yourself is the name of the game! Hedonism is something that's talked about seldomly and in hushed tones, and it's often seen as shameful or taboo. Hedonists are labeled as greedy pleasure-seekers with no moral compass. But that's such an archaic stereotype! Such negative views of hedonism likely stem from religious views that advocate for moderation, modesty, and chastity, rather than self-indulgence and complete personal bliss. So many structures in our lives seek to both limit our pleasure and to shame us for it. Without getting to much into the politics of it all, the Church, for example, shames sexuality enormously and seeks to limit sexual experimentation and so many other pleasures. In fact, the Church's Seven Deadly Sins (lust, pride, sloth, greed, envy, wrath, gluttony) are basic human feelings that, as a hedonist, I feel we shouldn't be shamed for. I'm a hedonist, loud and proud. Our society as a whole seeks to limit our pleasures, too. Self-indulgent people are constantly shamed. Indulgent eaters are seen as slobs; sexually experimental people are seen as perverted or dirty; people who have a lot of sex are devalued and shamed as whores, etc. The purpose of life isn't to stave off death for as long as possible by living in total moderation and keeping your head down. After all, safety is a complete illusion — we could all drop dead of any number of things at any given moment. So, if I'm craving cake for breakfast, I'll treat myself to a goddamn piece of cake for breakfast. I explore kinks freely and shamelessly, as a rule. I say what's on my mind without restraint or fear, and I get everything that I want in life. I live a hedonistic life of luxury. comfort, and indulgence. This doesn't mean that I don't help others or that I'm inherently lazy, nor does my hedonism make me a bad person. I'm an animal welfare advocate, and donate regularly to causes I support. I have a strong sense of ethics and believe in being a good person! Hedonists are simply self-advocates who go after what they want in life. We're happy people, and we want happiness for others, too. So, yes. I am a hedonist, loud and proud. I eat. I dance. I'm blunt. I indulge. I have sex. I avoid things and people that make me feel badly and pursue only positivity. Please stop radicalizing hedonism and shaming hedonists! Oh, and remember to treat yourself. You deserve it! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Minerva Siegel Minerva Siegel is a plus size model and writer living in Milwaukee, WI with her husband and their two rescue pups. She's the kind of woman who gets extra shots in her soy lattés and stays up too late with her nose in old Bukowski books. SpookyFatBabe.com PREVIOUS The unexpected essentials for moving into your first apartment NEXT Your big boobs don't suck, your bra does: How to find the right bra size Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] Hear, hear! 3 agree Reply Thank you for this! The paragraph on religion/Church-YES. I grew up going to church 3x a week, and it wasn't until a few years ago that I realized how spending my childhood and teens in that culture instilled so much guilt in me. About sex, yes, but also about doing anything purely for pleasure. Now, there may be other factors at play, so I don't want to completely blame religion for those issues, but it's definitely a factor and I don't think people talk about it much. Thanks for acknowledging it, and thanks for the inspiration! 5 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.