What makes me a woman?
I mean, besides the biological logic of my body
Is there some sort of international ideal? A universal rubric of womanhood?
Where is the Academy of Appropriate Existence for Female Human Beings?
And who writes the curriculum?
Unless my brain is completely fried from college apps, I’m pretty sure the AAEFHB isn’t present in our realm of reality
There’s no checklist of requirements or an application process for becoming a woman
Why, then, does the world set such unattainable requirements for us women?
Why is a Victoria’s Secret model the highest form of beauty?
Why are big hips and small breasts frowned upon?
Why is long, straight hair the best hair?
Who is the author of these ludicrous laws,
because I would like to give that person a big “what gives you the right?”
along with a huge “who the heck do you think you are?”
I am beautiful, and I’m definitely not built like a Barbie doll
I’m smart and witty, and I will never dumb myself down for the pride of men
an outraged and uncensored speech seems to be in order
but since I’m a civilized woman, I’ll put it in a letter
(ahem) “Dear vile misogynist,
You wrote the rules so that none of us could ever win this game of degradation
You tied our hands, then chained our feet, and proceeded to shove us in this unbelievably microscopic box of superficiality, so confined that there’s no room for even blinking
And you forgot to poke air holes, so any hopes of getting oxygen through our lungs is as dead as our hopes of gaining any respect while trying to fit into the unrealistic mold of society’s “perfect” woman
But guess what? It’s not over
All hope is not lost
The women that you have forced into this box are more than capable of overcoming your ridiculous rules
We are fighters, and we will not conform to your desires just because real women make you uncomfortable
You’ve hit us hard, but we will hit back much harder
You’ve pushed us down, but we will rise up again
And if you have a problem with that, you might want to make your own little box to hide in
Sincerely, a woman”
What would I change?
I’d change this sad, sorry scenario of injustice and mistreatment of the very beings who have always given (and will always give) birth to the entire population of humankind
I’d change society’s male-domination mindset,
and women’s female-inferiority mindset
I’d save the self-esteem of the 13 year old girl who feels the world pushing her to be a Miley Cyrus or a Britney Spears,
instead of an Emily Dickinson or a Dorothy Hodgkin
I’d save the intelligent, qualified women who are denied jobs because a person with a more masculine anatomy was their competition
Women are strong, powerful creatures that were made to be more than sex slaves and reproduction machines
We are Queens, Empresses, Governors, Champions, and Warriors
We have been changing the world since the dawn of time
and that power will never part from our spirits
We are very capable, but we can also work WITH men,
rather than for them
Equality is only possible when both sides are willing to agree
If I could change one thing, I would destroy this unbelievably microscopic box that we’ve been ever so rudely forced into
and liberate this universe’s union of women to unleash the power that has always been inside of us