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Girls, Feminism, and Femininity – Part 1

Don’t get me wrong, I believe in girl power; but there’s a point when it crosses the order of God. No, I am not a feminist; but neither do I believe that a woman is powerless. But the feminist movement has stolen the very fiber of whom they represent - females and their femininity. A feminist is defined as someone who supports feminism1 and feminism is ‘a range of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women2.’ Therefore, a better working definition of a feminist is someone who ‘advocates or supports the rights and equality of women which includes a woman’s right to vote, to hold public office, to work, to fair wages or equal pay, to own property, to education, to enter contracts, and to have equal rights within marriage. [They also] promote bodily autonomy and integrity, and to protect women and girls from rape, sexual harassment, and domestic violence.3’




Being a Girl


Feminism comes across as empowerment; which being a woman, I’m all for. Take for instance the Always® #LikeAGirl Campaign that launched yesterday. In it, girls were asked to give an assessment of what it meant to be a girl. Their heartfelt assessments about what life has already taught them in their few short years about ‘being a girl’ got me to really thinking. The girls were asked to write what they thought ‘being a girl’ meant on boxes and they used phrases like:


‘Should be perfect’

‘Very talkative’

‘Weak’

‘Adorable’

‘Emotional’

'Submissive’

‘Can’t rescue’

‘Can’t be brave’

‘Supposed to be happy and la-tee-da’

‘Traditional and unable to anything challenging’


The commercial cited that of the women they surveyed, 72% felt as if they were limited by society. And honestly, I understand and can agree. But, I think it’s because as women, we don’t know how to be women; simply because we were never biblica