Posted by: hellonhairylegs | June 5, 2008

How many women do you know that could have written this?

I saw this over at postsecret. This is the story of my sisters and it could have been mine. Our energy is turned inwards, and instead of consuming food we consume ourselves. How much would the world shake if turned that energy outwards? 

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  1. Hmm, almost all women I know have felt like this really. I’ve fallen under this patriarchal trap myself at times. It can be hard to ignore when this beauty “ideal” is all around us, especially in advertising. Thank goodness for feminism and the feminist blogosphere to keep us sane! 🙂

  2. Thank goodness 🙂

    I love your blog, I can’t wait to dive into the archives.

  3. Thanks, let’s enjoy a virtual cup of tea (or your preferred beverage!) together.

  4. I’ve always thought we women were our own worst enemies. Considering we out people the men, you’d think there would be a revolution…

    Anyhoo-I just wanted to say I thoroughly enjoy your blog. I wish I’d had this outlet when I was your age.

  5. Thanks for the compliments.

    It is hard being a feminist, because eventually you realise that people aren’t your enemies, social structures are. Sometimes you just want to have a real physical being to blame.

    I know what started me in the cycle of self-hatred and beauty ideals was three male “friends” who still think it is their right to comment on a women’s body. Men often enforce femininity just as much as women.

  6. Men enforce femininity just as much as women – well I’d say they do it more. As a proudly non feminine woman, I’ve been on the receiving end of plenty of male crap – and given it back, needless to say. I’d respond to your “friends” comments with something sarcastic “well she speaks very highly of you” is always a favourite…..

  7. Yeah, I blame loudly and often around those friends. Sometimes it is like we are speaking a different language.


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