Sexuality and career success aren't two things we usually hear about together. But Alphanista founder Maryann Reid believes that connecting to our sexuality and sensuality is key to developing the confidence to go after what we want at work — and everywhere. Taking inspiration from jazz singer and activist Josephine Baker, her online course "Bring Out Your Inner Josephine" teaches women "to create freedom and rich, satisfying new experiences with their body, careers, and relationships without discarding the power of their femininity and sexuality." That goes against a lot of what women are taught, and achieving it requires challenging many social norms.
A lot of us associate work with being exhausted, under pressure, and desperate to please others. Reid wants to instead help us make it fun and playful. Many women she works with "are in the corporate environment working the office 9-5 and feel completely dead inside," she tells Bustle. "They've tried everything else: They've tried yoga, they've tried eating differently, they've tried exercising. What they haven't done is put the focus on themselves and on their own pleasure and on the power of their sexuality."
When women walk in the world turned on, everyone else around them turns on too.
Reid's theory is that when you're turned on physically, you also turn on mentally and emotionally. "When women walk in the world turned on, everyone else around them turns on too," she tells Bustle. "People may not understand, but there's usually a point where people start to notice a difference. That difference is the freedom that comes form using that kind of energy: freedom in your body, relationships, career. That freedom is ultimately self-expression."
Here are some tips she'd give women looking to assert their power and overcome the pressure to be passive and restrained at work.