This week's mantra really means a lot to me. I feel like I’m constantly being viewed as inferior or weak because I am sensitive. The same goes for being feminine, in a lot of ways. I don’t think that sensitivity and femininity are one in the same, but for a lot of people, they do go hand in hand. Being either of these things does not make me any less of a person or a feminist. I just happen to cry a lot, and prefer the color pink. That’s alright.
I think one of the most important things that I’ve realized in my twenty-five years of life, is that it’s okay to be who you are. As a sociology minor in college, I realize that a lot of my worldviews and personal preferences may have been socially constructed, but who cares? Girly things make me happy. If they don’t make you happy, that’s fine too! Let’s all just be who we are.
There’s something to be said about a woman who takes pride in how she looks, and makes a point to wear skirts as often as she can. Or who loves to wear high heels or dresses or bright red lipstick.
Femininity doesn’t necessarily mean bows and pink and glitter everywhere, I suppose. It’s completely subjective, and obviously up for interpretation. Maybe it just means embracing yourself as a woman, and doing whatever feels natural to you. It just so happens that keeping a pretty home, dressing my dog in argyle sweaters, and painting my nails comes naturally to me.