Women do everything. We’re the givers of life for starters, and in my humble opinion, that settles any and all debts for all of eternity. But besides being Mother Nature personified, we’re the leaders of movements, we’re teachers, we own businesses, we’re mothers, doctors, writers, game-changers. But why is it that we’re still not equally represented all across the board?
Chrisette Michele said it best in her song “Porcelain Doll”
If you want to cradle me like a little girl
And lock me down
I’m not your possession
I’m a full grown woman I am not your porcelain doll
You know, time and time again, (especially in the age of social media where people are allowed to express themselves with little to no boundaries), I find out just how much of a patriarchal society this really is. Paternal. Misogynistic. Sexist.
You know…I never really liked Abercrombie & Fitch. I would see all of the preppy kids wearing it back in High School…some in college. It just always rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe I knew it just wasn’t for me…much like bike riding, or nipple piercings, Abercrombie & Fitch just wasn’t something I could get jiggy with. And yesterday, after hearing some not so shocking news from a current employee, I think it’s safe to say that my gut instinct was pretty accurate.
A wise woman once said: “I’ll be Post-Feminist, POST Patriarchy.” Who that wise woman was, I don’t know…saw it on a bumper sticker. But whoever the sister was, I FEEL her. I think the time has come for us to really understand what it means to be a feminist. There are so many men who think feminism equals militant, man-hating, and unhappy. I’m here to say, NO. Feminists are actually quite the opposite.