There have been a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head recently, concerning womanhood and the feminist movement, and I keep thinking that yes, I finally know what I want to say, but then…I don’t. The thoughts get jumbled and I find that I really have no idea how to put into words what I have been thinking.
It’s a difficult thing to express oneself clearly, at least for me…especially when things are so emotionally charged at the moment. It is easy to offend, which makes it almost impossible to have any real meaningful dialogue. There’s one thing that has struck me though, this past week in particular, and that is the importance of extending a hand across the aisle, so to speak. It’s been amazing to see how powerful simply acknowledging another woman’s story and experiences as different from one’s own can be. Of course, I realize that we cannot agree on every. single. thing. and many times we will be divided, some way or another, but maybe by simply showing gratitude for another’s God-given goodness and realizing that we are all beautifully and wonderfully made, we can all grow towards each other, rather than further apart.
As I was mulling all of these thoughts around in my head, feeling frustrated and stuck, I stumbled across this video created by Endow (they have an incredible mission for women, btw) and it says exactly what I’d like to say…to all women.
I think that many of us have maybe forgotten that, while it is always important to stand and fight for our rights as women, we can do this by being who we are — WOMEN. We are made to be set apart, with strengths of our own – that no man can copy! He can try, but he won’t be successful. We ladies all know that. haha. ;). However, men have their strengths as well and without them…where would we be? Really. Think about that.
I am not a nasty woman. I can’t get behind that. My very womanhood rejects that, even if it is just a saucy point trying to be made.
I am a beautiful WOMAN and I am so proud of that. As a woman, I have incredible strength, but am also endowed with a softness and intuitiveness to see and understand another’s emotions and hardships. I believe we have an innate ability to care for others with gentle hands and heart, to speak loving words that give breathe and life to another. It is incredible – how fiercely and wonderfully we are made. I hope we won’t forget that.
The world needs women embracing, not denying, their womanhood. Now, more than ever.
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